COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) trooper who was caught on his own dash camera slamming into the back of a big rig in December received only a “minor misdemeanor traffic citation,” according to the OSHP.
According to an OSHP report, trooper Jarid Fitzpatrick, 25, was following the tractor-trailer too closely in the early morning hours of Dec. 15 along Interstate 70 in Columbus.
OSHP officials said in a statement that Fitzpatrick told them he did not have any recollection of the incident or what led to crash.
The truck driver involved, 58-year-old Thomas Ervin, of Heath, Ohio, was uninjured.
Fitzpatrick, who was not on call at the time of the accident, was hospitalized with a broken wrist and concussion.
Fitzpatrick called for assistance on his radio following the crash, which sandwiched the front half of his cruiser underneath the semi-trailer.
Below is dash camera footage of the accident.
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