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Deputy Seriously Injured in Crash After Shots Fired Call

25 Nov

Jackson County: A Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash. According to Sergeant Brian Wilson, yesterday evening at approximately 6:00 Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy, 47 year old Mark Holt of Seymour, was traveling westbound on S.R. 258 responding to a “shots fired” call near Norman. In the area of Base Road Deputy Holt crested a hill and his vehicle, 2012 Chevrolet Caprice, became airborne. When it landed Deputy Holt lost control and the vehicle ran off the north side of the roadway then rolled several times. Trooper Matt Holley, who was also responding to the same call, was a very short distance behind Deputy Holt and drove up on the crash almost immediately after it occurred.

Deputy Holt was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville, KY suffering from fractures to his ankle and feet, and multiple cuts and bruises. Deputy Holt was wearing is his seat belt at the time of the crash. The use of the seat belt coupled with air bags and other safety equipment in the vehicle greatly reduced the seriousness of the injuries he could have suffered in such a violent crash. Despite his injuries, he is expected to make a full recovery.

Also assisting with the investigation is Senior Trooper Jason Hankins, Troopers Matt Holley and Jared Black. Also assisting at the scene was Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies, Seymour Police Department, and Jackson County EMS. The crash remains under investigation.

Driver Arrested in Work Zone after Night of Celebrating

24 Oct

IN Hammond, (Lake County) Early this morning a Beecher, Illinois man out celebrating the evening before disregarded all the traffic control devices in the overnight work zone set up on I-80/94 east bound east of Calumet Avenue.At approximately 3:24 a.m., this Thursday, October 24, 2013, morning, Sergeant Wanda Clay who was working traffic security for the work zone construction being done overnight on I-80/94 east bound saw a 2005 Ford Explorer drive in between the construction barrels behind her and stop to talk to a construction worker in his vehicle. The exit lane, right and right middle lanes were closed in this area for the overnight construction leaving the left two lanes open for motoring traffic. The area was well posted, with signage, barrels, traffic control devices, construction workers and vehicles.Clay was sitting in the right middle lane in construction with all of her emergency lights activated less than ½ mile from the workers up ahead. As she watched the Explorer come up behind her she thought he might have been a worker until she realized his vehicle didn’t have an amber light on it. The Explorer passed her police car and was approaching a construction semi-tanker loaded with water sitting in right lane as she took off after it. The semi was blocking the Explorer when it attempted to move to the right middle lane to get around it. The semi was able to maneuver itself to block the Explorer as Clay approached to stop it; as there were workers out working in front of the semi.The driver of the Explorer identified as Kyle C. Ohlendorf, 23 of Beecher, Illinois had been out celebrating the night before and stated he was “lost and confused” when he went around the barrels to talk to the first construction worker.Ohlendorf was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device in a Work Zone and Operating While Intoxicated Refusal. He was taken to Lake County Jail.