Alcohol, speed suspected in crash that hurt officer on Lima Road

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Investigators say a driver in Fort Wayne was drunk and driving too fast just before a crash that sent them and a police officer to the hospital.

It happened last night on Lima along the I-69 overpass on Fort Wayne’s north side. Police say the officer was on traffic duty because of an earlier accident when an SUV smashed into his squad car.

The impact sent the officer’s car down the interstate embankment. Both the SUV driver and the officer are being treated at a local hospital.

FWPD officials released the following:

“On January 18, 2021, at 11:00 pm the Fort Wayne Police Department was working to conclude a Fatal Traffic Investigation on Lima Road at the overpass over I69.
The Officer was sitting in his Fort Wayne Police Squad car with all of his Emergency Lights activated as he was blocking one lane of traffic in the Northbound Lanes.

An SUV driving North on Lima at a high rate of speed collided with the rear of the Officer’s squad car pushing him into another vehicle driving by in the far outside lane. The SUV after striking the squad car then went down into the grassy area by the off ramp onto Northbound I-69 and came to rest there.

Officers still on scene for the previous incident along with Fort Wayne Fire Personnel that were also on scene began rendering aid to both drivers. Both drivers were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Fatal Accident Investigators were called to the scene to investigate this accident along with Crime Scene Technicians and Air Support Units to gather and document all evidence.
At this time it is believed that excessive speed along with alcohol are contributing factors in this accident.

As a result of this accident all Northbound lanes of Lima Road were closed at Ley Road until the investigation was complete.
This incident is being investigated by the Fort Wayne Police Department, and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.”