STEUBEN COUNTY, IN (WTVB) - In Northeast Indiana, a reserve deputy seriously injured over the weekend when his squad car crashed en route to an emergency situation involving reports of a gun wielding suspect, remains in serious condition at a Ft. Wayne trauma center. 34-year old Adam Meeks of Fremont, Indiana has been a deputy with the Steuben County. The crash occurred on SR 327 just north of CR 400 S with the deputy traveling southbound in a fully marked 2010 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser. Just prior to the crash, deputies and the Indiana State Police were responding to the Story Lake area to assist DeKalb County police with a 911 call reporting a man with a gun threatening to shoot people at a large gathering. On SR 327 just north of CR 400 S the deputy came over a hill and encountered another passenger vehicle traveling the same direction entering on to the roadway. The deputy in an effort to avoid colliding with the other car, went off the road partially on the east side and began to lose control. The patrol vehicle then traveled back across SR 327 and off the road on the west side striking a tree. The deputy was pinned in the patrol car for over an hour requiring extrication by responding fire rescue agencies. Once extricated, the deputy was flown from the crash sight to Parkview Trauma Center in Fort Wayne Indiana by Samaritan Helicopter. The deputy sustained a head injury, and injury to an ankle and wrist. Alcohol was not a factor, seat belts were in use with airbag deployment and the deputy was responding with red/blue lights/siren activated. The crash remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police.
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