Fri., 8:43am: Canfield post trooper recovering; was hit by car

COLUMBIANA – A state trooper who has worked for the Columbiana Police Department is home from the hospital after being struck by a car last week.

Sgt. Michael Wilson of the Canfield post said trooper Brian Cowles returned home on Monday after having surgery on his right leg.

Cowles was assisting a driver who was stuck on Interstate 680 in Austintown when he was hit by a car driven by 22-year-old Caila Chambers of Stow.

Cowles reportedly saw the vehicle coming and tried to get out of the way but did not make it in time and suffered a broken right leg.

Wilson said charges have not been filed against Chambers at this point and the crash remains under investigation.

Columbiana Police Chief Tim Gladis posted a message on the department’s Facebook page on Jan. 3, the day of the crash, wishing Cowles a speedy recovery.

On Wednesday the chief said the 22-year-old Cowles came to the department first as a member of their Explorer post when he was still in middle school. After graduating from Poland High School he then moved on to the auxiliary force and later became a part-time dispatcher before taking a job with the patrol, a position he has held for about a year.

“He’s a really good guy, very high-speed, very sharp, very bright. I knew we would never hold onto him as a part-time person. He did very well in the state patrol academy and we are proud of him,” Gladis said.

Wilson said he is not sure when Cowles will be able to return to work.