Columbus officer who was hit by drunk driver says he’s grateful for community support

CREDIT: Columbus Division of Police

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus officer recovering after his cruiser was rear-ended on the interstate says he is thankful to the community for checking in on him.

Sgt. Benjamin Messerly was struck by a drunk driver while helping a motorist on I-670.

Messerly is expected to return to work within several weeks. He posted a thank you message on CPD’s Facebook page, saying he appreciated the support and well-wishes from fellow officers and Central Ohio residents.

“Since the accident, I have received numerous calls, texts, emails and cards from fellow officers, friends, family and members of the community whom I have never met, offering their thoughts and prayers for my recovery. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and it has meant a lot to me. Thank you!” he wrote.

Amber Marinello-Cabrera, who is accused of hitting him while intoxicated, is charged with aggravated vehicular assault.

Police said on Facebook that Messerly is getting better every day. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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