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2 Akron police officers injured in head-on crash

Beacon Journal staff writer

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Two Akron police officers were injured in a head-on crash Thursday night at Fifth Avenue and South Arlington Street while responding to a report of a robbery, police said.

The officers were taken to an area hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Authorities said the woman whose car hit the officers appeared to be intoxicated. She suffered minor injuries.

No charges have been filed.

Police said the officers had their cruiser’s overhead emergency lights on while driving south on South Arlington Street when the woman, 36, who was driving a 1996 Buick Park Avenue, turned into their path, hitting them head-on at about 9 p.m.

Police said there was no siren because of the close proximity to the robbery scene at the Church’s Chicken on South Arlington Street.

The officers were treated and released from the hospital at about 3 a.m., authorities said. One officer is a five-year veteran of the force; the other has been on duty for about three months.

The patrol car suffered heavy front-end damage and came to rest on the steps of Bethel Baptist Church.

Police say the restaurant workers said two black men armed with handguns jumped over the counter and demanded money. They left with an undisclosed amount of cash and one employee’s cell phone.


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