An Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy was seriously injured Friday morning in Pontiac, after another car ran a red light, hitting the patrol car.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office reports the deputy is in stable condition, being treated in an intensive care unit. The six-year veteran of the department suffered multiple injuries.
“The driver of the other vehicle, a 36-year-old Pontiac, was also hospitalized,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Investigators said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash.”
The accident happened just after midnight on northbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Michigan Avenue, when a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria crossed a red light and overtook the deputy’s vehicle.
“An independent witness who observed the accident said the Ford vehicle turned on the red light, striking the patrol car,” the sheriff’s office reported. “The patrol car was a total loss.”
The Ford driver has a long driving record, including seven tickets for driving with a suspended license, six speeding tickets, one each for disobeying a stop sign, having open intoxicants and not having valid driver’s license.
“One of our assistants was seriously injured this morning because another driver made the horribly irresponsible decision to drive while intoxicated,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “This is yet another graphic illustration where drinking alcohol and driving any type of motor vehicle can have life changing consequences.
“We are fortunate that no one was killed and pray for the member’s speedy recovery.”
Sheriff’s office investigators obtained a search warrant for a blood sample, testing it for alcohol content. The test results will be sent to the Oakland County District Attorney’s Office for potential criminal charges.
The crash comes about a week after Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputies removed a car from a woman that had been thrown after colliding with a fleeing motorist, drawing national attention to their swift action a few moments after this violent accident. The deputies eventually caught up with the suspect and arrested him.
And earlier this month, another MP suffered a broken face after stopping to help a restless woman entering and exiting the road in Pontiac. She was arrested and charged with a felony.
The Auburn Hills Police Department posted a message of support on Facebook, saying, “Prayers to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and the deputy who was injured in an accident.” Within minutes of the sheriff’s office message on this matter, dozens of messages of support and prayers were added by members of the community.
“Our dedicated men and women work around the clock, regardless of conditions, including a global pandemic,” the sheriff’s office said. “They are in jail and on the road, and we are very proud of them. So, it is frustrating and makes us sad when, while they are diligently doing their job, someone why their own bad choices make them. cause injury or death. “