The officer, identified as Michael McEachern, had to be extricated from the vehicle with assistance from the Fort Wayne Fire Department and members of Three Rivers Ambulance Authority. The squad car struck a small tree and pole on the west side of the road, and McEachern was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.
An initial investigation indicates the officer was driving south on Wayne Trace, responding to an emergency call, with the car’s emergency lights and siren activated, when he lost control of the vehicle and left the road. Investigators do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the crash but do not know the reason the officer lost control of the vehicle.
The incident remains under investigation by the police department.