Posted on Jan 12, 2024

Man charged in crash that injured South Bend police officer

SOUTH BEND, IN - Authorities said a man is facing charges in connection with a crash that injured a South Bend police officer on Jan. 3, WNDU reports.

The incident happened on the US-20 Bypass near Ironwood Drive, where Officer Terry Redden was responding a previous accident.  As he approached one of the vehicles involved, another westbound driver struck that vehicle and pushed it into Redden.  The officer was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The driver of the westbound vehicle, 36-year-old Andrew Mitchell of North Liberty, has now been formally charged on multiple counts including operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and driving with a suspended license. 

Mitchell's blood alcohol content following the crash was found to be well above the legal limit, according to police.  He was lodged in the St. Joseph County Jail and faces up to four and a half years in prison if convicted of the charges.

As more information becomes available, our South Bend car accident attorney will update this news blog.