Oakland County Sheriff

Elderly Man Runs Red Light, Causes Police Car To Roll Over

August 04, 2018 - 2:03 pm

PONTIAC (WWJ) - An Oakland County Sheriff's deputy is recovering after being hurt in a dramatic multi-vehicle crash along Woodward Avenue.

The crash happened just before 11 a.m. Friday on northbound Woodward at Huron Street (M-59) in Pontiac. 

Sheriff Michael Bouchard says deputies were already in the area investigating an accident when little did they know, a second one was about to take place.

"One of our specialty unit deputies just happened to be going through the intersection, had a green light, and a car came through a red [light> and broadsided him. It drove the car into a patrol car and caused the car to flip," Bouchard told WWJ's Ingrid Kelley.

The impact of the crash caused the deputy's vehicle to roll over on its top. The deputy was pulled safely from his vehicle and transported to the hospital for evaluation. He has since been released and is now recovering at home. 

"Thankfully, I talked to the deputy, and he's sore, clearly. I mean, he'll be even more sore in the next couple days. But at this point, that's what the extent of it appears to be and we're hopeful that that's all it is," Bouchard said.

No one else was injured.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 74-year-old Chesterfield Township man, was ticketed for failure to obey a teach control device -- aka running a red light.