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Virginia deputy crashes patrol car while responding to call

January 5, 2020 GMT

STUARTS DRAFT, Va. (AP) — A Virginia sheriff’s deputy has been charged with reckless driving after crashing his patrol car while responding to a call for service.

The News Leader reported the deputy was among several responding to a gas station in Augusta County shortly after midnight Sunday for a report of a man brandishing a firearm.

A news release from the sheriff’s office said the deputy failed to negotiate a curve and was involved in a single-car crash. His car went off the road and rolled several times. He had to be extricated by fire department personnel.

The deputy was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for a fractured arm and lacerations, according to the news release.

Sheriff Donald Smith said in a statement that excessive speed was the reason for the crash.

The deputy was charged with reckless driving after an investigation by Virginia State Police, according to the newspaper.