Polk County Chief Out of Hospital
The chief of the Polk County Police Department was involved in an accident Friday morning. According to reports, the chief was treated and released from the hospital.
The chief was heading westbound on Highway 278 on his way to work. He was in front of Polk Medical Center when he noticed a woman and a child walking down the highway. The chief stopped and offered the pair a ride. As the chief was talking to the mother and her child, a vehicle failed to yield and struck his patrol car from behind. The force of the collision knocked the chief’s car off the road.
Responders transported the chief to Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome. Reports indicate that the chief suffered only minor bruising and was released from the hospital. An investigation into the accident is ongoing. Early reports indicated that the chief did have his blue overhead lights on when he was hit by the vehicle.
The chief’s accident came only days after the funeral of one of his detectives who had been killed in the line of duty.
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