A Baldwin County Sheriff’s deputy and the driver of another car both went to the hospital Tuesday night, May 14, 2019 after investigators said the deputy ran a stop sign and hit the other car.
It happened in Magnolia Springs while the deputy was responding to a call. There were some scary moments after the car that was hit ended up on top of a gas pump at a service station there.
A look at the damage done to both vehicles paints a picture of what could have been. Investigators said the deputy was heading south on County Road 49 when he ran the stop sign at Highway 98, hitting a car headed eastbound. The impact threw the car from the highway onto a gas pump at Magnolia Speedway service station.
“If them pumps…if they wouldn’t have had them safety switches on, and uh, it would have probably lit up that whole block,” said neighbor and store patron, Curtis Phillips.
According to investigators, both the deputy and the driver of the other car received relatively minor injuries. The automatic shut-off system at the pumps prevented it from becoming a more serious issue and Phillips, who was there just after the crash said there were other cars at the pumps just moments before the crash.
“Right before that, you can see in the video, cars pulling in, getting gas right before she closes and they missed two other cars sitting at the pumps,” Phillips said.
Investigators said the deputy was responding to a call of shots fired at the time of the wreck. The impact caused serious damage to both vehicles. The deputy was treated for a leg injury and is at home, recovering. State Troopers said the other driver also had minor injuries. The Sheriff’s Department is doing an internal investigation to see if the deputy was following protocol.
“The captain over uniform services will review for any policy violations. You know, were the actions taken by the law enforcement officer, were they adequate to the call? Were they proportionate to the call that he was going to? We do know that it was a very hot call…shots fired, involving two people,” explained Col. Anthony Lowery with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
It’s not known right now if the deputy was running his emergency lights at the time of the crash. State Troopers are investigating the accident. Investigators said the shots fired call the deputy was responding to resulted in a menacing complaint.