UPDATE: Charges issued in crash involving Peoria County Sheriff’s Deputy
UPDATE 9:04 AM: The Illinois State Police say a Ferndale, Washington man faces several citations after Tuesday’s crash, which involved a Peoria County Sheriff’s Deputy.
In a statement, ISP says the two vehicles were entering a construction zone, when 41-year-old Douglas S. Dodge attempted to change lanes, and hit the Deputy’s squad car.
Both vehicles lost control, and went into the right ditch, with the squad car rolling several times before ending up on its roof.
Dodge is charged with following too closely, driving too fast for conditions, improper lane usage, and unlawful possession of medical marijuana.
The Deputy, whose identity has not yet been released, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
UPDATE 10:40 P.M. The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office released a statement about the crash that happened late Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 74 near Morton.
The department said late Tuesday night the deputy suffered serious injuries when another vehicle struck the back of the squad car as the deputy was returning from training in Normal.
The deputy has been admitted to a local hospital.
“Miraculously, our deputy was not injured worse than he was and we are praying for healing and a full recovery,” the sheriff’s office said.
“We are grateful for all the support for our deputy,” the sheriff’s office also said.
Illinois State Police are investigating the crash.
TAZEWELL COUNTY (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A Peoria County Sheriff’s deputy has been involved in a crash on Interstate 74 in Tazewell County.
Sheriff’s Office Captain Chris Watkins confirms a Peoria County deputy was involved.
The extent of injuries are unknown but they do not appear life-threatening.
Preliminary information from Illinois State Police says they responded to a two-vehicle crash involving a squad car at around 4:10 p.m. Tuesday on I-74 at mile marker 107.
State Police say that one person was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
This story will be updated.
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