A Licking County Sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized Wednesday after he drove his police vehicle into the front of a house in Reynoldsburg.
The incident happened in the Summit Ridge subdivision.
Deputy John Yeager lives in the neighborhood and apparently backed his cruiser out of his own driveway and drove into a neighbor’s house a few doors away. Police say no one was home at the time.
Reynoldsburg Police Chief David Plesich said Yeager was going through some tough times and that investigators are looking at the incident as a possible mental health-related issue. But exactly how it happened and how Yeager sustained his injuries is still under investigation.
“We don’t know if he was injured prior to the impact which caused it,” Plesich said. “We don’t know if he did it intentionally. We don’t know if there was something else involved that we’re not aware of. So, we’re still looking into it.”
A neighbor who asked not to be identified said she tried to comfort Yeager after the crash. “He called out for help to hold his arm because he was trying to cut off the blood flow from where his arm was gashed,” she said. “He was thinking he was going to die, crying out to God, saying that he loved his kids, his family. I tried to keep him calm.”
Yeager was taken to Grant hospital.
At one point, the bomb squad was called to Yeager’s home during the investigation to check on a possible live grenade.
The incident remains under investigation by Reynoldsburg police.