LPD officer won’t be cited for running red light

Crash on Saturday, March 8, 2014 involving two law enforcement vehicles. (WLFI Photo)
Crash on Saturday, March 8, 2014 involving two law enforcement vehicles. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Lafayette police said the officer responsible for running a red light and hitting a Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s car over the weekend won’t be cited.

Police said according to the State of Indiana, it’s up to the officer working the scene to determine if a citation is handed down. In this case, the officer in charge decided not to issue a ticket.

Police said LPD Officer Ian O’Shields was watching some people on the side of the road when he ran the red light and ran into the car of Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Dep. Michael Gillen. Both officers complained of pain, but no major injuries were reported. Both cars were also severely damaged.

Corey Koontz was a passenger in Gillen’s car during the wreck. He complained of knee, leg and foot pain.

In Detective Mark Roberts’ crash report, O’Shields, who was traveling south on Sixth Street, said he thought he had a green light, but after the wreck he believed he saw the green light for the drivers on South Street instead.

Sgt. Max Smith said both cars combined have damage estimating $10,000-$25,000 in repairs. It is unknown if they will get repaired.

In the crash report, it did not give any indication of the speed the drivers were traveling. Smith said because the main reason for the crash was the disregard for a red light, their speed was not recorded.

LPD Officers Thomas Davidson and Tony Kenner also assisted on the scene.

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