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Sheriff OK After Drowsy Driver Slams Into Patrol Car

Sheriff OK After Drowsy Driver Slams Into Patrol Car

Sheriff Terry Lyons

The Morning Journal

January 14, 2011

PERKINS TOWNSHIP, OH — Erie County Sheriff Terry Lyons was not seriously injured in a head-on crash yesterday morning, but Capt. Paul Sigsworth said he did not want to speculate as to when Lyons will return to work.

“We’re very glad the injuries were not worse than they were,” Sigsworth said about Lyons and Terrance Pace, 27, the driver of the Sandusky Register van that hit him. “Cars can be replaced. People can’t.”

UPDATE: Sheriff Lyons doing much better after head-on crash

Lyons was heading to work in his unmarked Ford Crown Vic traveling south on Columbus Avenue. Pace was driving the van north on Columbus when he fell asleep at the wheel and the van veered left of center into Lyons’ cruiser around 7:10 a.m., between Electric and Gilcher Streets, according to Highway Patrol Trooper Shane Zehnder.

Both vehicles suffered heavy damage and Lyons and Pace were taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center. Pace was treated and released while Lyons is listed in good condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Pace and Lyons were wearing seat belts at the time and their air bags deployed.

“Again, another couple of injuries being minimized by the use of seat belts and air bags,” Sigsworth said.

Pace told deputies he was fatigued and his shift started at 2 a.m., according to Highway Patrol Lt. Darryl Edge. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Sigsworth met with Pace at the hospital and Pace was very concerned with Lyons’ well being.

“He was very apologetic with us,” Sigsworth said.

In addition to Pace’s concern, Sigsworth said he was also pleased with the public response following the crash.

“We’re very appreciative of all the calls we’ve gotten today,” he said.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Praying for a speedy recovery.

  • 20552_1343137337912_1215571721_31006460_5991340_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Get well soon, and to the rest of us, our patrol car feels like a safe place, but obviously it isn't. Be prepared at all times to be a defensive driver.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Speedy recovery, Sheriff Lyons.

  • C1__67__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Speedy recovery Sheriff Lyons!

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Prayers for a full and speedy recovery for Sheriff Lyons.

  • Telecommunicator_rusch_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Speedy recovery Sheriff Lyons!

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Guardian angels do work, as do seat belts, glad to hear that both will be OK.

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