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Posted on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 3:57 p.m.

Accident involving two sheriff's deputies prompts internal investigation

By Lee Higgins

A Washtenaw County sheriff’s deputy ran over another deputy’s foot with a vehicle last month in Ypsilanti Township, prompting the sheriff’s department to launch an internal investigation, spokesman Derrick Jackson confirmed Tuesday.

Investigators have released few details about the accident that happened at about 3:50 p.m. Dec. 6 in a parking lot at the township's civic center on South Huron River Drive.


Jackson said the deputy suffered an ankle injury. He said the accident happened as the deputy approached the vehicle during a shift change, planning to discuss a work-related matter.

While there doesn't appear to be any wrongdoing in the case, Jackson said an internal investigation is being conducted to determine whether any policies were violated.

Jackson declined to discuss specifics about the case, including the type of vehicle involved and whether the injured deputy has returned to work.

The sheriff's department did not ask an outside law enforcement agency to investigate, but is conducting its own investigation.

The collision wasn't captured on video and the sheriff's department hasn't completed a report on it, according to responses to Freedom of Information Act requests that filed with the county and township.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at


Jimmy McNulty

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 2:03 p.m.

This must be how the nickname of "flatfoot" was coined


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 1:14 p.m.

They make it sound like a minor accident but why then was an ambulance called? Why has it been 7 weeks and they still haven't filed an accident report? Was he driving a Sherrif's Dept vehicle (No)? Then why would it cause an internal investigation? There is more to this story than the Sheriff is telling us and once again he is covering up the real story.

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 3:56 p.m.

transparent jerry displays his opaquness again.if a civilion ran over somones foot they would be in BIG trouble inatentive driving personal injury result at minimum.P.S. there is no truth to the rumor officer flatfoot was snatching coins from the ashtray again.


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 10:03 a.m.

I think this will serve as a very important message to the mayor of Ann Arbor and the city council so they can draft and pass appropriate city ordinances. First they will need to commission an expensive piece of art just because. The new law should say you must stop when passing anyone who is walking as their foot might be approaching the underside of the wheel of your car.

Ricardo Queso

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 4:27 a.m.

Where do you think the term "flat foot" came from?


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 4:08 a.m.

Ah, the age of phone-it-in news. Anyone with an ax to grind or a story to tell only has to call it in, and online it goes. What a country.


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 3:56 a.m.

Barney Fife's Spirit lives on!! God bless 'im. Mixed Metaphor Department: The Long Arm of the Law... can't always operate its own motor vehicle properly.


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 3:44 a.m.

For once, I am at a loss for words. You win Lee, drinks on me all night when you have a chance, I choose the drinks.

Fat Bill

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 3:29 a.m.

How about "I didn't see my coworker approaching my vehicle and I accidentally ran over his/her foot" Sorry 'bout that.. How hard does it have to be?

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 4:01 a.m.

the next time i run over a pedestrian ill just tell the nice policeman "there doesnt appear to be any wrongdoing+i walk.NOT!


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 2:59 a.m.

Well, I bit. I thought the way this headline was written it was an accident perhaps during a chase or something dramatic like that. I guess others thought the same thing and thus the tongue in cheek comments. :)


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 4:49 p.m.

i too fell victim! I had a great amount of concern.....and then i read the article.


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 12:13 a.m.

Back in high school, a friend of mine rolled his car onto my foot. Luckily, the car was a VW Rabbit, and my boots were steel-toed. Didn't feel a thing.

roll tide

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 11:35 p.m.

Wow, I thought that stuff only happened on RENO 911!


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 10:55 p.m.

This smells like old gym socks.


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 10:20 p.m.

Can we please launch another full investigation into determining exactly how long an already launched internal investigation into such complex matters should take?


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 4:45 p.m.

thank you roll tide but if not for the entertaining comments i still find that this news continues to remain as important as the turkey sandwich mgill ate yesterday.

roll tide

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 10:28 a.m.

No report = No investigation!


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 10:08 p.m.

Wonder if he was testing while driving


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 10:08 p.m.

Well, they definitely violated the no running over feet policy.

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 9:55 p.m.

the last time i ran over a pedestrian i got a ticket.


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 9:52 p.m.

I've had my foot ran over at a previous job. The car rolled over my foot and I was fine. If it had parked on my foot that may be different?


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 9:52 p.m.

Totally a news-worthy story. I am surprised this wasn't front-page


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 9:32 p.m.

Slow news day, huh?

Bertha Venation

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 9:19 p.m.

Oooouuuch! I hate it when that happens..... Hope his foot is alright.


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 9:16 p.m.

In completely unrelated, yet equally important news: I just ate a turkey sandwch.


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 4:54 a.m.

With mustard?


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 11:53 p.m.

thanks. :)


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 9:20 p.m.

Future headline " commenter, mGill, best known for eating a turkey sandwhich in 2012, took out the trash today."

West Park

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 9:05 p.m.

Speedy healing, deputy. Thank you very much for all your good work.