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Deputy totals patrol car on Highway 28 near Pointe Steakhouse
Deputy totals patrol car on Highway 28 near Pointe Steakhouse

A Pulaski County deputy suffered minor injuries after rolling his patrol car on Highway 28 near the Pointe Steakhouse.
DIXON, Mo. (Jan. 22, 2009) — Just days after Pulaski County Commissioners voted to drop insurance coverage beyond liability for the county's older patrol cars, a sheriff’s deputy totaled his vehicle near the Pointe Steakhouse on Highway 28 six miles south of Dixon.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Deputy Jimmy W. Bench, 51, of Richland, was northbound at 9 p.m. Wednesday responding to an emergency call in a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria with warning lights and siren activated when he lost control of his vehicle while rounding a curve, ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, then ran off the left side of the road, and struck several trees. The patrol car came to rest on its top.

According to sheriff’s logs, Bench had been on his way to a disturbance call on Bakersville Road about a mile north of the junction of Highway 133 and Highway 17 near the Miller County line. It’s not clear from sheriff’s logs what happened at the disturbance call after the deputy wrecked his vehicle.

Troopers reported that Jack’s Towing removed the patrol car. Bench, who had been wearing his seat belt, suffered only minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Phelps County Regional Medical Center for treatment.

After commissioners voted to remove all insurance coverage except liability from the department’s older patrol cars, Sheriff J.B. King had objected that in some cases the radios and light bars on the patrol cars are worth more than the vehicle. The condition of the radio wasn’t immediately available, but rollover crashes typically destroy light bars and other equipment on the top of patrol cars.

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