An Allen County deputy and an inmate he was transporting were taken to the hospital after the cruiser they were riding in was hit Tuesday morning.

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According to the Allen County Sheriff's Office, the accident happened just before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning at the intersection of Elizabeth and McKibben in Lima. The cruiser was heading through the intersection when it got struck by a vehicle driven Kenneth Theissen of Kentucky. The deputy and the inmate were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Theissen just had scratches and abrasions and was cited for failing to yield the right of way at an intersection.

Press Release from Lt. A. McConnahea of the Allen County Sheriff's Office

This morning (4-16-2019) at approximately 8:53 am, an Allen County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle was traveling northbound in the 500 block of N. Elizabeth St. Lima, Ohio, when it was involved in a collision with another vehicle. The patrol vehicle was passing through the intersection of W. McKibben St. when it was struck on its passenger side by a vehicle that was traveling west on W. McKibben St. The second vehicle was a 2019 Chevy Equinox, being driven by Kenneth P. Theissen of Covington, Kentucky. Kenneth was issued a citation for failure to yield the right of way at an intersection. At the time of the crash, the patrol vehicle was transporting an inmate from the Allen County Jail to the W.O.R.T.H. Center. Both the Deputy and inmate were transported to Lima Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Kenneth had visible scratches and abrasions but did not request treatment. The patrol vehicle was left disabled, but we do not have estimate for damages at this time.