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Phone Blamed for Chief Crashing Police Vehicle

(Michigan City, IN) - Questions are being raised about a crash involving a Michigan City Police Department vehicle.  According to a police report, Chief Dion Campbell was the driver.


On April 10, he struck a light pole at Mariners Way and Cobblestone Boulevard on the city’s west side south of U.S. 20.  According to the police report, Campbell told officers he took his eyes off the road when distracted by a phone message.  He then struck the pole in his police department issued Ford Explorer.  Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2500. 


Police said a breathalyzer test revealed Campbell did not have any alcohol in his system.  The report did not reveal if the cell phone was in his hand or hands free.

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