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Chillicothe Officer Suspected Of Falling Asleep While Driving

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio -

A Chillicothe police officer crashed his vehicle after he allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel Tuesday morning.

According to a Chillicothe police report, Officer Terry L. Brown was driving southbound on North Bowman Road in his Chillicothe police vehicle at about 5 a.m. Tuesday, when he allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel.

In the report, Brown states his cruiser traveled off the right side of the road and struck three parked vehicles after he fell asleep.

"I heard a big metal crash and I opened the door to see what was going on. I seen a police cruiser," says Michael Kraft.

The cruiser, a white 2009 Dodge Charger, a green 1998 Ford Explorer, a silver 2010 Jeep Wrangler and a silver 1997 Honda Accord sustained damage in the crash, according to the report.

Kraft says he rushed to make sure the officer was okay, and then asked what happened. He says at first, the officer told him he didn't know. "Once his sergeant got here he said that he had fallen asleep," said Kraft.

"The thing that angered me the most was it said he was doing five miles an hour. It did move both of our cars and I mean that's a little bit of a bigger Ford and it was up on the sidewalk so I really question that," said Kraft.

Kraft's wife, Davia, questions how the officer handled the accident afterwards. She says he offered no apology, no help.

No injuries were reported in the crash and no word at this time of any disciplinary actions against Hartley.

Chillicothe police said the crash is part of an ongoing investigation.

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