Deputy Cited After Crash Investigation


According to the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy, Benny Stacy, was found to be at fault for the crash that occurred on March 3rd just outside of Bellefontaine.

Stacy was cited for O.R.C. 4511.30A3 – Prohibition Against Driving Upon Left Side Of Roadway < 100 Ft Of Intersection Or Railroad Crossing and O.R.C. 4511.263B1 – Operator Seatbelt Required.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was investigating a two-vehicle injury crash that occurred at the intersection of U.S. Route 68 near County Road 57 in Lake Township, Logan County.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2016 Ford Explorer, operated by a 15-year-old female, and a 2021 Ford Explorer – a Logan County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) marked cruiser, operated by Benny Stacy, 27, Bellefontaine, was traveling north on U.S. Route 68.

The LCSO unit was in emergency response, with their overhead lights activated, and attempted to pass on the left of the 2016 Ford.

At this time, the 2016 Ford was attempting to turn left at the intersection to travel west onto County Road 57 and was struck by an LCSO cruiser.

After being struck, the 2016 Ford traveled off the left side of the roadway, overturning.

The LCSO cruiser also traveled off the left side of the roadway and again made contact with the 2016 Ford before coming to a final rest.

The female minor was transported by ground ambulance to Mary Rutan Health with minor injuries. Her passenger, Heath Murphy, 44, Bellefontaine, was transported by
MedFlight to Grant Medical Center with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Stacy and his passenger, Zach Sheeley, 29, Bellefontaine, were transported by ground ambulance to Mary Rutan Health with minor injuries.

Logan County Sheriff Randy Dodds says that an internal investigation is underway due to the crash.