The Akron police motorcycle officer who was injured Saturday night after an allegedly intoxicated grandmother pulled her minivan out in front of him has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
The officer, Jason McKeel, 45, was ejected from his motorcycle and broke his leg, a finger and three ribs and fractured his back.
McKeel underwent surgery for the leg at Cleveland Clinic Akron General sometime before Tuesday, Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said.
On Saturday night, McKeel was headed south on South Portage Path in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood. As he attempted to stop another motorist at 9:30 p.m., police said, Corrie M. Sharpe was heading eastbound on Bloomfield Avenue. Sharpe brought her minivan to a stop before turning onto Portage Path.
Sharpe then entered the intersection but failed to yield to McKeel, who was ejected from his motorcycle and pinned underneath the minivan.
Sharpe and her passenger, an 11-year-old granddaughter, were not injured.
Police said Sharpe, 65, of West Exchange Street in Akron, appeared to be intoxicated. She was taken to the police station and administered a field sobriety test. Police said a breathalyzer test resulted in a blood-alcohol reading of 0.125, which is above the state limit of 0.08.
Sharpe was arrested and taken to the Summit County Jail after being charged with failure to yield, operating a vehicle under the influence and aggravated vehicular assault.
At the time of the accident, which occurred a half-hour before the officer’s normal shift began, the officer was working overtime on a State of Ohio Enforcement Grant.