Columbus Police Officer Accused of Crashing While Driving Drunk

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UPDATED: Thursday March 13, 2014 8:57 AM

A Columbus police officer is on desk duty after he was charged with OVI after a crash near New Albany February 27.

Columbus police officer Russell Redman III is facing a drunk driving charge.

Redman III is 25 years old and has been a Columbus police officer for three years.  

A Columbus Police spokesperson said Redman is relieved of his gun and badge and is on administrative duty while a criminal investigation is underway.

Dash camera video from a Franklin County Sheriff deputies cruiser shows the deputy arriving to the scene of the crash just before two o'clock in the morning.

The crash report lists the driver of the truck at fault. It says Redman did not stop at the stop sign while heading east on Walnut Street. Deputies say he collided with 22-year-old Breanna Baumgartner, who was heading south on US Route 62.

The young woman's mother told 10TV the 22-year-old was on her way to pick up her boyfriend from work when that crash happened.

The cruiser video shows the car far off in the field, beyond the point of impact at the intersection. A tow truck hauled away Redman's mangled truck.

Baumgartner's mother says Breanna didn't know at the time that Redman is a Columbus police officer.

According to the report, Redman was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and refused a test.

Baumgartner's mother tells 10TV she believes God was looking out for her daughter after she walked away from such an intense collision.  She says her daughter was concerned about Redman's well-being.

Neither people involved in the crash wanted to speak on camera.  Redman is now facing a charge of failure to yield at the stop sign and OVI.

The head of the police union tells 10TV their internal investigation won't begin until the criminal investigation is complete.

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