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Greene County Deputy Falls Asleep, Crashes Patrol Vehicle

Last updated on Friday, October 7, 2011

(BLOOMFIELD) - A Greene County Sheriff’s deputy falls asleep at the wheel and totals his patrol vehicle, early Thursday morning.

Deputy Brad Deckard was driving on State Road 54 east of Bloomfield just after 4 a.m. when he fell asleep. When he rounded a curve the cruiser left the roadway, hit a ditch and an embankment before slamming into a utility pole.

The Ford Explorer landed on the driver's side and caught fire. Other officers pulled Deckard from the vehicle, according to Chief Deputy Major Mike Hasler.

Deckard, who's been with the GCSD since May 2008, was not hurt. He was taken to IU Health Bloomington to be checked out, in accordance with department policy.

He was treated and released for minor abrasions and contusions, says Major Hasler.
The vehicle was termed a "total loss" by Major Hasler.

The wreck caused a power outage in the area.

State Road 54 was closed for more than four hours while the fire was contained and utility service restored by crews from the Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC.

Also assisting at the scene were Greene County Ambulance Service, Center Township Fire Department, and Richland Township Fire Department.

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