Racine County Deputy nearly struck while investigating early morning accident

RACINE, CO (CBS 58) --  While conducting a traffic accident investigation early Saturday morning, a Racine County Sheriff’s Deputy narrowly escaped injury when a passing vehicle drove too close to the scene.

Around 1:45 AM, the Deputy was working a one vehicle accident on Druand Avenue in the Village of Yorkville.  As he was working the scene, a black 2005 Cadillac Escalade drove past nearly striking the Deputy.   The Escalade was eventually stopped.   After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, a 51-year-old Cudahy man, was taken into custody for Operating While Under the Influence 1st Offense and Failure to Move Over/Slow Down for Emergency Vehicles.

The original traffic accident involved a silver Ram pickup truck that had left the road.   The truck had heavy damage and left a large debris field from where it left the road, struck a telephone pole and finally came to rest about 100 feet way in a ditch.  The pole was knocked down and its wires were across the road.

The two passengers in the truck were not injured, but the driver of the truck, blowing a .245 on the preliminary breath test.   That is more than three times the legal limit of .08.  The driver was taken into custody and cited for OWI 1st Offense and Failure to Maintain Control of a Vehicle.

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