NEWBURGH HEIGHTS- The FOX 8 I-Team has obtained police video of a nasty crash Sunday morning that left a Newburgh Heights police cruiser destroyed after it rolled over multiple times.
The video shows the patrol car suddenly lose control on wet, icy roads, hit a curb, and start to flip. Then the dashboard camera cuts out.
Officer Rob Veverka was pulled from the wreckage by citizens.
Other police video shows him dazed and bleeding from his head.
Veverka told another officer he saw a car speeding at 47-50 miles an hour which is up to twice the speed limit of 25.
The officer said, “Went to go after him. Hit a patch of ice. Started going sideways. Tried to turn the wheel. I hit the pole. Car flipped like five times.”
A witness told officers, "I was right behind him." An officer asked, "How many times did it roll?" The witness answered, "About 5."
Newburgh Heights police say the officer was doing 58 miles per hour when he crashed.
While it appears icy roads were a factor, another driver may have also played a role. The video shows a driver pulling up to an intersection. The officer then maneuvers his cruiser slightly, but police believe that may have been enough for him to lose control on a slick spot.
The crash happened just over the Newburgh Heights border in the City of Cleveland. So Cleveland police will investigate.
The Newburgh Heights police chief says he would not consider what happened a full-blown chase. He says his officer had sped up simply to try to catch up to the speeder. The chief also does not have a problem with his officer going into Cleveland since the speeder had been spotted in the village.
We're told officer Veverka works part-time for Newburgh Heights police, and he's been with the department for more than a decade.
An ambulance took him to the hospital after the crash, but doctors released him after checking him out.