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Deputy Pinned In Squad Car For More Than An Hour

Last updated on Monday, August 26, 2013

(STEUBEN CO.) - Officials said a Steuben County Sheriff’s Office deputy was flown to the hospital after he hit a tree and was pinned in his squad car for over an hour Saturday night.

According to police, the deputy was responding to the Story Lake area to assist DeKalb County police with a 911 call regarding a man with a gun threatening to shoot people at a large gathering.

The deputy was driving southbound on SR 327 just north of CR 400 S in a fully marked 2010 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser at around 11:40 p.m. when he came over a hill and saw another vehicle entering the roadway.

Police said the deputy tried to avoid a collision with the other car by going off towards the east side of the road. He then lost control, drove across SR 327 and hit a tree on the west side of the road.

According to officials, the deputy was pinned in his patrol car for over an hour before fire rescue crews were able to extricate him. He was flown to Parkview Trauma Center via Samaritan Helicopter.

The man suffered a head injury, along with ankle and wrist injuries, according to police. His condition was not released.

Investigators said alcohol was not a factor and the deputy was wearing his seatbelt.

Police are withholding the name of the deputy until all family members are notified.

The crash remains under investigation, according to police.

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