HINESVILLE, Ga (WSAV) – A Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy was rushed to the hospital after his patrol car was rear-ended on Sunday morning by an alleged drunk driver.
It happened on East Oglethorpe Highway shortly after 5:30 a.m. According to Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes, a deputy initiated a traffic stop near Liberty County High School. While the deputy was writing his citation, a K-9 officer, Jack Baker, pulled up behind him on the side of the road to assist. He was running radar when he was struck from behind by a driver. The impact propelled the car forward by about 60 to 70 feet. We’re told the driver was speeding at about 90 mph.
The driver, Ryan Duke, was released from the hospital before he was taken to the Liberty County Jail. He was booked on DUI charges by the Georgia State Patrol.
The deputy is still in the hospital for neck and back injuries. A canine was in the car at the time, but was not hurt.
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