High-Speed Chase Leads to Vehicle Crash for Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy
RICHMOND COUNTY, GA. – September 5, 2018 (officer.com) According to an online news report from officer.com, a Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy was injured September 4 after crashing his vehicle during a high-speed chase.*
A news release from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Wesley Stallings was driving east on U.S. Highway 1 in pursuit of a fleeing suspect. He crested the hill at Greg’s Gas Plus station and entered a stretch of roadway wet from sprinklers. Stallings lost control trying to navigate a curve in the road and hit the curb, then entered the median and struck a tree. Stallings’s vehicle then continued on, crossing the eastbound lanes of the highway, leaving the road, traveling over an embankment, and finally coming to a stop in the parking lot of a garage.
Stallings sustained broken bones during the crash and was transported to Augusta University Medical Center, where he is expected to undergo surgery. His recovery will likely take several months, officials said.
No information has been reported about the suspect Stallings was pursuing at the time of the crash. The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Richmond County Sheriff’s office are investigating the case and have not yet released additional information.
According to a report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, during the five-year period between 2010 and 2014, 78 police officers in the United States died in vehicle crashes while responding to a call for service. More than half of these deaths — 53 percent — were situations in which officers were responding to calls for help from another officer and crashed while traveling to the scene.
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