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Fremont officers cited for not wearing seat belts after hitting one another

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FREMONT, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A pair of Fremont Police officers is facing fines after crashing into each other during a chase.

Two new Fremont Police cruisers were totaled when the collided at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Hickory Street in Fremont on June 1.

Now, officers Erik Kessler and Bob Schultz will receive tickets for not wearing seatbelts. 

"Everybody should be wearing their seat belts, especially in a pursuit situation where you're driving at high speeds. It protects everybody. Doesn't matter if you're a cop or not," said Sgt. Matthew Davis with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Fremont Police Chief Tim Wiersma says he will investigate the crash internally once the seat belt tickets are issued to determine if further action should be taken against the officers.

"Obviously it's not condoned here at the police department, you do have to wear your seat belt, so that practice of not wearing is not condoned and it's not going to be tolerated," said Wiersma.

Officer Kessler has also been issued a ticket for failing to yield at a stop sign.  Both he and Officer Schultz suffered injuries in the crash. 

Both police cruisers were totaled in the crash. Officer Kessler is currently back at work performing light duties, while Officer Schultz is still waiting to get the okay from doctors to get back to work.

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