Video: Runaway Sandusky police cruiser causes damage

Dashcam catches bumper-car action

SANDUSKY, Ohio - A Sandusky police officer is facing a disciplinary hearing after his patrol car crashed into two parked cars and a sign while he was engaged in a foot pursuit.

Police reports show 36-year-old Jody Showalter, a 4-year veteran of the force, failed to put his patrol car in park when he jumped out to chase a group of fleeing juveniles early Wednesday morning. As a result, the cruiser idled forward and crashed into two parked cars before coming to a stop after striking a sign post.

No one was hurt in the incident and police said the damage to all the vehicles involved was minor.

Sandusky Police Chief Jim Lang told NewsChannel5 a disciplinary hearing will be scheduled when Officer Showalter returns from a previously scheduled vacation.

Records show Showalter served a three days suspension less than a month ago after being found at fault in another accident while on duty. In that case, Showalter collided with a car as he passed through an intersection. Showalter had his lights and siren on at the time, but according to the chief, did not take proper precautions as he went through a red light.

Chief Lang said Officer Showalter has no other disciplinary history.

"He's really a good officer. Most of the time he's very conscientious about what he does," Lang said.

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