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Dash cam reveals close call for Van Buren Co. deputy
VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Newschannel 3 is getting a closer look at a close call involving a Van Buren County deputy.
The deputy, a Sergeant with the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department, was hit by a driver who troopers say was going too fast for conditions on I-94 last week.
Luckily, the injuries sustained by the sergeant were only minor, but he will still be out of work for at least a few months.
We're told the driver who struck him is likely now facing charges after running into the back of the sergeant's SUV during a traffic stop.
The driver was going about 65 miles per hour when the crash happened, doing thousands of dollars worth of damage with the sergeant still inside.
The driver tried to pull into the left-hand lane at the last minute, and then lost control on the slippery roads.
The sergeant-on-duty was sitting in the passenger side of the car, training a brand-new deputy who was taking the original complaint.
Fortunately, that deputy was out of the car when the crash happened.
He immediately ran to help his sergeant, who suffered whiplash and a concussion.
The Sheriff's Department tells Newschannel 3 that this is just another reminder of why you need to take it slow and move over for first responders.
The case is being sent to the prosecutor's office for review, and the driver is likely facing a moving violation charge, which would be a 1-year misdemeanor and points on the driver's license.