MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio—
The Ohio State Highway Patrol on Friday released amazing video of a traffic stop that went terribly wrong.
At around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Trooper John Beeler from the OSHP Medina Post, tried to pull over a car on I-71 northbound between Pearl and Bagley roads in Middleburg Heights.
For some reason, the driver, 30-year-old Eyob T. Gebregiorgis, from Columbus, stopped right in the middle of the interstate.
“Trooper Beeler discovered that the driver didn’t speak any English, or very little at all — they had a language barrier to deal with. He had the driver exit his vehicle to try to communicate with him to explain the reason why he was stopped,” explained Sgt. Tim Dearmitt.
According to Dearmitt, Beeler felt the driver was acting suspiciously, so he patted him down, making sure he had no weapons. That’s when the accident happened.
Troopers say a Toyota Corolla, driven by 45-year-old Robert Noll, of Poland, Ohio, slammed into the cruiser.
The impact knocked the cruiser into the motorist, slamming him onto the hood. It hit Beeler as well. Both men were treated and released from Southwest General Health Center.