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New Middletown police cruiser crashes in Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A New Middletown police officer was hospitalized Thursday night after his cruiser crashed in Youngstown.

The single vehicle accident appears to stem from a medical condition.

New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D'Egidio says Detective Phillip Schaper has diabetes and his sugar bottomed out.

Schaper's cruiser hit a guard rail and two cement barriers on Loveland Road.

D'Egidio said Schaper has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.

Kenneth Patterson of Youngstown heard the crash and rushed to help. 

"He was laying over the driver side seat and console. He was slumped over pretty bloody and I couldn't get the door open so I tried grabbing something to break the window open," Patterson said.

"I ended up running up here. I grabbed the tire iron, I broke the window open, I got the cop to become coherent enough to tell him to lean back just get out the way a little bit. He leaned over, I shattered the window. I couldn't get the door open so I ended up prying the lock on the door. I popped the door open and I held pressure on his jaw because he was bleeding right here."

D'Egidio attributes Schaper's survival to his bullet proof vest, seatbelt and airbags.

The cruiser was totaled.

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