FWPD Officer Pinned Inside Squad Car After Crash (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive
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September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - A Fort Wayne police officer remains in serious condition after crashing his squad car.

37-year old officer Michael McEachern was responding to a priority call of a woman heard screaming with his lights and siren activated around ten Thursday night.

Investigators are still piecing together why McEachern lost control of his squad car near Oxford Street and Wayne Trace and slammed into a tree and pole on the driver's side.

Several witnesses called 911, and one Good Samaritan even went to the squad car to use officer McEachern’s radio to call for help.

It was a sight that was difficult for the officer's colleagues to see.

“It's very traumatic when we respond to any personal injury accident, but especially one of our own responding to the same scene, the same call that we were responding to. And to finally realize that one of our officers didn't make it to the scene due to an accident,” says Fort Wayne Police Officer John Chambers.

McEachern is an 8-year veteran of the Fort Wayne police department.

In that time, he's received two letters of reprimand -- one for a crash in 2006 and another for not wearing his seat belt.

He was suspended for one day last year for being absent without leave, and has had six lawsuits filed against him.

One was dismissed, one was ruled in his favor, two were settled and two are pending.

Two claims of excessive force were not sustained.

He's expected to survive his injuries from this crash.

Fort Wayne police officer Michael McEachern was injured in a crash Thursday night in his patrol car.

The crash happened around 10:15 near the intersection of Wayne Trace and Oxford Street.

Emergency crews arrived on the scene to find McEachern pinned inside the vehicle. He was pulled from the vehicle and taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Police say that preliminary reports indicate McEachern was traveling south on Wayne Trace responding to an emergency call. The officer lost control of the car and left the road, striking a small tree and pol on the west side of the road. The lights and siren were on at the time of the impact.

The Fatal Alcohol Crash Team will attempt to determine what contributing factors caused the squad car to leave the roadway. It does not appear alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the crash.

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