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Posted on Tue, Dec 25, 2012 : 11:30 a.m.

Washtenaw County sheriff's deputy injured in one-car crash on Christmas Eve

By Ben Freed

A deputy was injured in a crash Monday night while responding to a call involving a possibly suicidal person, according to a release from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy was traveling on Maus Street in Ypsilanti at approximately 11:45 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle due to snow and ice on the road. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.

The deputy was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for his injuries. As of Tuesday morning he was listed in stable condition but details of the injury were not available.

Further information was not immediately available.

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Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 6:54 p.m.

Could he have been ticketed for driving faster than conditions allow? Yes, it was witnessed by an officer of the law, himself. Would an officer responding to a call ever get a ticket for this? No. There is something he could have been ticketed for however. Failure to maintain a motor vehicle. This is a ticket often given when accidents occur even if not witnessed by an officer. I know I personally received this ticket when I lost control avoiding a wrong way driver on my road. I fought it an had it reduced to a broken brake light (which ironically were about the only things not busted up when the car flipped). I would expect this officer to be given the time needed to recover from his injuries, some heckling from his fellow officers (since he will be ok), and nothing more. Ticketing an officer responding to a call in the line of duty would send such a bad message that it won't happen.


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 5:10 p.m.

Hope the officer makes a full and speedy recovery. Wonder what happened to the original call of suicidal person....hopefully good outcome there also. BUT..without the all-out 13 hr stand-off swat team armored vehicle $$$ over-the-top response in northeast A2 on Sunday for depressed man threatening to kill himself.


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 3:16 a.m.

I was a reserve deputy for 8 years. I know what it is like to travel at high speeds during the winter months. Thank god I never had an accident. Get well sir and thumbs up to all emergency workers.

Life in Ypsi

Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 2:53 a.m.

Wishing him a speedy recovery. Thank you for caring about others even when it means risking your own life.


Tue, Dec 25, 2012 : 10:11 p.m.

Interesting story. If the common "Joe" did this, he would be ticketed for "speeds in access of current driving conditions". I wonder if this guy wrote himself a ticket? Just sayin!:)


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 11:13 a.m.

Ok let me clear this up.Most traffic violations are civil infractions which a officer must witness to issue a ticket.And traffic laws are completely different for emergency vehicles when they are being used in official capacity ie: a suicidal person.In fact, MOST misdemeanors have to be committed in front of a officer for a arrest.Also if a person is arrested for a DUI and is not in the vehicle the charges are often dropped.I should also note that just because a person is arrested....oops, sorry I'm going off on a different tangent here


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 5:34 a.m.

My name is Joe and you're probably right except for the access part, but the police are more like Santa. Speed and efficiency play key roles which are acknowledged and accepted by the community so they can perform their jobs.


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 3:44 a.m.

The tree took care of him, who cars about traffic tickets, its accidents more people should worry about.


Tue, Dec 25, 2012 : 11:45 p.m.

You should know what the laws/rules are about ticketing before you speak. it were a common " Joe " a ticket could have not been issued. Sorry... that is a big fact anti law enforcement fail

Boo Radley

Tue, Dec 25, 2012 : 11:18 p.m.

Well ... it wasn't common "Joe". It was a police officer doing his job as he is trained and paid to do. They often have to push the envelope a little in order to respond to emergency situations, placing his life in danger for that of a stranger. That's why state law gives law enforcement and other emergency services workers lattitude with speed limits and other traffic laws. BTW ... it should be "speeds in EXCESS ..."

Mr. Ed

Tue, Dec 25, 2012 : 6:56 p.m.

Some of the comments are disrespectful. He was driving to help a person who wanted to die. He put his life in danger to help someone who no longer wants to live. I wish him/her a speedy recovery and thank him/her for the service he provided on Christmas Eve.


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 7:07 p.m.

Tiny...I was adding a comment within a comment.So I guess that's incorrect ? ( English was not my strong subject )


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 4:59 p.m.

tdw -- I gave you the downward thumb because of a massive parentheses fail.


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 11:30 a.m.

Paul.....I thumbs downed you. I'm glad you were there to witness the traffic conditions on Maus at 11:45 pm because at 11:45 pm there is almost no traffic on that stretch of road ( from Huron to Ecourse ( the street name changes 3 times within about a mile )).And yes,I've driven it many times late at night. Another anti-law enforcement fail


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 5:28 a.m.

Good thing, huh Paul. Merry Christmas.

Barb's Mom

Tue, Dec 25, 2012 : 5:35 p.m.

"As of Wednesday morning "--It is only Tuesday morning. I hope he recovers quickly.


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 5:26 a.m.

"It is only Tuesday morning." It's also Christmas, btw. Ho ho ho.

Ben Freed

Tue, Dec 25, 2012 : 5:42 p.m.

Thank you, it's been corrected. Ben