EATONTON, Ga. — A veteran deputy with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was injured Thursday morning after his patrol car was hit head-on by the driver of a recreational motor home on U.S. Highway 441 in Putnam County.
Sheriff Howard R. Sills identified the deputy as Sgt. Justin Brock, who has been with the sheriff’s office for a little more than 17 years.
The sheriff said the collision happened in the 900 block of the Madison Road or what also is known as U.S. Highway 441 shortly before 4 a.m.
“He (Brock) was working an accident and was parked on the northbound shoulder of the roadway,” Sills said.
The sheriff said the driver of the recreational motor home that hit Brock’s Dodge Charger patrol car was rounding a curve and apparently going too fast for conditions on the wet pavement.
The driver of a Mercedes lost control and slammed into a tree and Brock was investigating that wreck when he was involved in a wreck, too, the sheriff said.
Sills said Brock had his blue lights on at the time and was sitting in his car doing paperwork when his patrol car was struck by the driver of the recreational motor home, which also was towing a pop-up camper trailer.
“Brock was inside the patrol car at the time and all the airbags in the vehicle deployed,” Sills said. “He was temporarily pinned in the car until they were able to get the motor home to back up enough where the door would open.”
Sills said since the motor home was up against the patrol car that Brock was unable to get out.
Firefighters/first responders with Putnam County Fire Rescue and personnel with Putnam County Emergency Medical Services responded to the wreck involving the deputy.
Brock later was taken by ambulance to the emergency department of Putnam General Hospital where he was treated and later released.
The driver of that vehicle, whose name had not been released as of Friday by the Georgia State Patrol because the wreck report had not yet been completed, lost control rounding the same curve as the driver of the car had done earlier, Sills said.
The sheriff said he called for a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol post in Madison to investigate the collision.