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Jackson County Sheriff's Department Deputy Injured While In Pursuit Of Bedford Man
Updated April 13, 2016 6:12 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BEDFORD) - A Jackson County Sheriff's Department deputy was injured after he crashed and rolled his police car during a pursuit of a Bedford man early Thursday morning.

According to a Lawrence County police report, 24-year-old Deputy Shane Collier of Brownstown was visibly shaken and suffered back and torso pain. He was treated at Schneck Hospital in Seymour.

According to police, Deputy Collier was traveling west on Powerline Road and went through a 90 degree curve at the intersection of Powerline and Groundhog roads then was traveling south when he came to the second 90 degree curve that turned to the west suddenly.

Due to the unfamiliarity of the curve and the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice hitting sand and gravel (used during snowy, slick weather and gravel from a driveway) the brakes on the patrol car failed to slow him when he entered the curve. The vehicle slid on the loose sand and gravel, causing the patrol car to slide off the left side of the road. The vehicle struck a woven wire fence on the driver's side. It then traveled into some grass and underbrush and rolled lengthwise down an embankment stopping against a tree on the passenger side.

Deputy Collier was able to exit the patrol car.

Earlier

Bedford Police arrested 29-year-old Jerad Tincher of Bedford on felony charges of aggressive driving, reckless driving and cited him on 10 counts of disregarding stop signs and failure to yield the right of way.

Tincher ran from police after a Bedford Police officer attempted to stop him for disregarding a stop sign at 22nd and I Street at 1:40 a.m. but not before leading police on a pursuit on numerous Lawrence County roads.

Tincher, who was driving a 1993 Ford Escort, failed to stop and led police on a chase through the eastern part of the county.

"The chase went on several city streets with him disregarding at least 5 stops signs along the way," says Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley. "The pursuit continued on U.S. 50 East and then onto several county roads with two Lawrence County officers helping in the pursuit."

Officers pursued Tincher on Shawswick School Road, Leatherwood Road, Standish Steel Road, Brown Station Road.

Jackson County police were alerted thinking Tincher might cross county lines.

"Lawrence County officers deployed stop sticks in two locations and Tincher was able to avoid them," Chief Parsley added.

In the meantime, a Jackson County officer who was headed in the direction of the pursuit lost control of his police vehicle on West Powerline Road and crashed.

"[The suspect] finally stopped at the gas company on Erie Church Road," Chief Parsley added.

After stopping, police ordered Tincher out of the vehicle and he was arrested without incident.

"This incident could have been avoided," Chief Parsley says. "There was no alcohol or drugs involved, there was no reason for Mr. Tincher to run. He would have gotten off with maybe a $100 ticket or even a warning, but instead fled and why - we just don't know. We are lucky no one was seriously injured or killed."



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