A Santa Rosa County deputy was injured in a single-vehicle accident after flipping his patrol car and striking a small tree near U.S. Highway 98 and the Navarre Beach Causeway.
Deputy Brad Baney was reported to be responding to a disturbance Sunday night, September 26, around 11:50 p.m. when his patrol car hydroplaned, hit a palm tree and overturned twice. The police cruiser was totaled and the deputy suffered head injuries, despite the fact that he was wearing his seat belt. He is reported to be recovering and is in satisfactory condition.
At the time of the patrol car crash it was raining heavily and the Navarre fire chief tells the NW Daily News that he believes Baney was traveling at a high rate of speed.
The Florida Highway Patrol has no plans to file charges in this case.
Fortunately, there were no injuries in this police cruiser accident. The nonprofit group, Pursuit Watch, reports that police chases kill at least three innocent bystanders every week, and once every 11 weeks a police officer is killed in a cruiser collision.
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