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Sheriff's Deputy not hurt after traffic accident

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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A Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputy totaled his patrol vehicle in Sunday's heavy rains on state Route 3 while responding to a possible burglary in Grape view.

Deputy Sheriff Nathan Smith, 38, sustained a serious cut to his head, a news release said. Nobody else was involved.

Witnesses said that it was raining hard during the time of the accident and there were patches of standing water along the highway, the release stated. Smith was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton where he was treated and released.

Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury stated that he is relieved that Smith was not more seriously injured or killed due to the nature of damage to his patrol vehicle. Driving a newer patrol vehicle that meets or exceeds the industry standard, along with Smith wearing his seat belt, most likely contributed to him not sustaining any further injury or death, according to the release.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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