Man gets lifetime driving ban for crash that injured North Olmsted officer

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MEDINA, Ohio- A Columbia Station man was sentenced for a crash that severely injured a North Olmsted police officer last year.

Dalton Phillips was sentenced to four years in prison for aggravated vehicular assault. (Photo: Jim Pijor/Fox 8 News)
Dalton Phillips was sentenced to four years in prison for aggravated vehicular assault. (Photo: Jim Pijor/Fox 8 News)

Dalton Phillips, then 23, was driving on Station Road in Liverpool Township in March. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said his truck went off the road at a curve and he over-corrected, hitting Officer Jack Justice’s car head-on.

Phillips pleaded no contest to aggravated vehicular assault and failure to stop. On Monday, he received four years in prison and a lifetime driving ban for the hit-and-run crash.

Justice suffered a significant brain injury and was on a ventilator for 25 days. His wife, Emily Justice, said the sentencing will finally help put an end to her family’s nightmare.

Justice is a 15-year veteran of the North Olmsted Police Department and father of four.

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