Deputy charged in crash

Patrol: Huron County deputy turned into path of other driver
Cary Ashby
Dec 20, 2012

A Huron County sheriff's deputy has been charged in connection with a two-vehicle injury crash that disabled both sport utility vehicles.

Deputy Joshua D. Kaufman, 24, of Bellevue, was charged with a turn signal violation (moving in the roadway) in the Ohio 18 crash with the 2006 Jeep Commander driven by Shannon L. Winkle, 37, of 1375 DeRussey Road, Collins. Both drivers were treated for minor injuries at Fisher-Titus Medical Center and released after the crash at 3:49 a.m. Monday.

"I live approximately 1/2 mile from Hartland Center Road. The sheriff's vehicle was almost in my mailbox," said Wayne Ortner in an email to the Reflector.

"The left side of sheriff's vehicle was destroyed; the 'other' vehicle was upside down on south side of road with extensive damage to (the) right side," Ortner said.

Both the sheriff's vehicle, a 2004 Dodge Durango, and the Commander were towed from the Townsend Township crash site with disabling damage. The deputy's sport utility vehicle (SUV) sustained damage to the front end and rear quarter panel.

The state Highway Patrol has released its narrative about what happened.

Both drivers were traveling northwest on Ohio 18. Troopers said Winkle passed the deputy on the left side and Kaufman turned into Winkle's path.

Winkle hit the deputy's SUV on the left front, troopers said. Her SUV went off the left side of Ohio 18, where it overturned and hit a ditch.

Kaufman stopped in the westbound lane.

"He was doing regular patrol," sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said. "He was checking on a suspicious vehicle that pulled into one of the businesses."

Kaufman is back on duty. Englund said any possible discipline is pending.

"We're still waiting for (the patrol's) report. Once they're finished with their investigation, we'll continue with ours," the sheriff's spokesman added.

Comments

2008HD

Sounds like someone is getting fired. Always an answer for an incident. "He was checking on a suspicious vehicle that pulled into one of the businesses." Get a court order and check his cell phone. Word is, Kaufman WAS on his cell phone just like J. Harris who WAS on his cell phone too and caused a terrible terrible accident down in T-15.

called out

He's not going to get fired, and you're an idiot. How would anyone know if he was on his phone? it was after 3 in the morning. He was probably on his phone after the accident calling supervisors and so on.

Otis B. Driftwood

How would anyone know if he was on his phone?


Cell phone records provide corroborating evidence.

Dusty

Any word on the dog? I see on there Facebook page he's a K9 officer. I'd hate to think they go threw the training and leave the dogs at home.

Lillie Chaos

Wonderful. Don't you just love the PR. Another car out of commission and another reason we don't see deputies on the road.

Dr. Information

Thats why they have insurance and that is why there is the word "accident" in the English dictionary. Oh thats right. Its ok for good ole boys from the Willard American Legion to drive drunk and try and flee the police, but an officer makes an honest mistake and he should be crucified....eh Lillie???????

Dusty

I'd say he was darn lucky it wasn't a 80,000 pound truck he turned in front of. This could have been very ugly.

2sense

what ohiogirl69 no hcso bashing