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Posted on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 1:12 p.m.

Deputy released from hospital after on-duty crash

By John Counts


A patrol SUV driven by a deputy with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office had extensive damage. The deputy was taken to the hospital with cuts, scrapes and abrasions, but has since been released.

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The scene of Monday night's accident.

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The Washtenaw County sheriff's deputy who was in a car accident Monday night has been released from the hospital and is at home recovering, department spokesman Derrick Jackson said Wednesday.

The deputy was responding to a call involving a suicidal person around 11:45 p.m. Monday when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

The accident occurred on Maus Avenue between South Prospect and Emerick streets in Ypsilanti.

Snowy and icy conditions have been cited as contributing to the crash.

The deputy was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for cuts, scraps and abrasions before his release, Jackson said.

No further information was available.

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Nicholas Urfe

Thu, Dec 27, 2012 : 3:03 p.m.

Unfortunately, we seldom seem to get followups on these crashes. Recall a year or two ago the cop who totalled the SUV late at night and declined to follow the mandated requirement to immediately contact his supervisor so the super could investigate. And recall the crash on ellsworth earlier this year. Though the report may not always be interesting - "Uh, we investigated ourselves and found everything to be in order."


Thu, Dec 27, 2012 : 10:15 p.m.

It has already been brushed under the rug. Plus, it's the tree's fault.

Basic Bob

Thu, Dec 27, 2012 : 3:46 a.m.

If he was not wearing a seat belt, he should be cited as any other driver. If I was in an accident at work without using my Personal Protective Equipment, it would be a big deal, probably resulting in suspension, possibly termination and denial of benefits. Even if time is critical, there is always time to put on a seat belt.

In doubt

Thu, Dec 27, 2012 : 12:23 a.m.

I am so glad the officer is ok! They risk their lives every day to save others. Always keep them in your prayers.


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 10:32 p.m.

The operator was clearly driving outside of the performance envelope of his envelope given the weather.


Thu, Dec 27, 2012 : 10:15 p.m.

A single-vehicle accident involving a car running into a tree is "prima facie" evidence of the operation of a vehicle outside of its performance envelope. There's absolutely no way around it. I don't care about the response to an emergency. Doctors have to rush to emergency rooms all of the time, often to save your life - they don't speed through red lights or operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner. I'd rather the officer arrive safely than go to fast and put his own - and potentially others' - lives at risk.


Thu, Dec 27, 2012 : 12:52 p.m.

Tread......I have never seen a child making a snow angle in the snow at 11:45 pm.Do you know any of the facts, the area or that street particularly at 11:45pm ? My guess is no


Thu, Dec 27, 2012 : 4:28 a.m.

Imagine if instead of hitting a tree, he ran over a child making snow angels in the front lawn. I am sure all of these comments would be different. GoNavy is correct.


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 11:44 p.m.

The "operator" was going to an emergency, or would you prefer that he or she take their time so they can get there after the fact? I'm sure the deputy was more concerned about the suicide call than your opinion on their driving skills.


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 7:10 p.m.

While I'm gratified to learn the deputy suffered no debilitating injuries, I'm left wondering about the suicidal person who initiated the run. What happened to him/her?


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 7:01 p.m.

Glad to hear they are ok.

Ann English

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

I was just in that area Friday morning, after getting a flu shot. With cuts, scrapes and abrasions, he could have gotten a needed tetanus shot at the hospital; when I accidentally cut myself at work, needing 14 stitches, I got a tetanus shot at the hospital. I had been hoping for some information about person at the deputy's intended destination. Did another deputy get there on time, or was it a false alarm?