- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio man has been sentenced to four years in prison and a lifetime driving ban for a crash that critically injured a police officer last year.

Police say 24-year-old Dalton Phillips of Columbia Station failed to make a curve and drove off the road in Medina County in March. The State Highway Patrol said Phillips then over-corrected his pickup truck and drove left of center, hitting the car of North Olmstead police officer Jack Justice.

WJW-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1yKTAXG ) Justice, of Valley City, was on a ventilator for 25 days following the accident and suffered significant brain injury.

Phillips pleaded no contest in December to charges of aggravated vehicular assault and failure to stop.

Phillips’ attorney Larry Mase says the situation was tragic for everyone involved.


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