MOUNT AUBURN – Two Cincinnati police officers were injured early this morning when a car struck the back of their parked police van on William Howard Taft Road at Highland Avenue.
Police Capt. Gene Hamann and Sgt. William Suter were standing in front of the van when the car struck it.
Both officers were taken to University Hospital Medical Center. Hamann, 57, suffered serious injuries, while Suter was treated and released, police said.
The driver of the car, Joshua Munchel, 27, of Madeira, refused an breath test, but showed signs of intoxication, the accident report says.
Munchel has been charged with two counts each of aggravated vehicular assault and vehicular assault and is being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center.
Munchel received minor injuries and refused aid.
The traffic accident was the culmination of bizarre events stemming from police responding to a domestic violence call on Hilton Place in Mount Auburn.
When the officers arrived at 12:22 a.m., Galia Youmans, 36, of Mount Auburn, was laying in the middle of Hilton near the intersection of Highland Avenue and Taft.
Her boyfriend, Michael D. Cody, 26, of Mount Auburn, is accused of running over Youmans with his car after an argument.
Police arrested Cody and charged him with felonious assault and resisting arrest.
Officers called for additional help in subduing Cody. A police van that arrived at the scene accidentally grazed Youmans with the underside of its front bumper, flaring the already chaotic situation.
As Officer Barbara Ruff ran to help the woman in the road, the woman’s 16-year-old son grabbed the police officer by the jacket and began screaming that she had “just run over his mama,” a police report said. The teen was arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer.
Meanwhile, while police were trying to get the situation under control, Munchel was rambling up William Howard Taft in his 1990 Volvo. At the corner of Taft and Highland, Munchel was accused of slamming into the van, injuring the two police officers who were standing in front of the van trying to jump-start the engine.
Youmans suffered minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital, police said.