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OSP Investigating Injury Crash After Sutherlin PD Office Struck by Car
09/22/2008
Sergeant Steve Mitchell
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
Office: (541) 440-3347

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a Monday morning injury crash involving a Sutherlin police officer who was struck by a vehicle while attempting to move a large piece of metal from Highway 99 near the Interstate 5 exit 135 interchange within the Sutherlin city limits.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Steve Mitchell, on September 22, 2008, at 5:58 a.m. troopers and local emergency personnel responded to Highway 99 near the Interstate 5 exit 135 interchange following a call for help from a Sutherlin Police Officer reporting he was struck by a vehicle. Preliminary investigation indicated that Sutherlin Police Officer RICHARD HOPKINS, an eleven-year Sutherlin police veteran, responded to that location to remove a large piece of metal from the highway. As Officer HOPKINS was in the southbound lane to remove the object, he was sideswiped on his left side by the right side of a southbound 1999 Volvo Sedan driven by MIKAELA BAIRD, age 43, from Sutherlin.
 
BAIRD was wearing safety restraints and was not injured.
 
Officer HOPKINS was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries including a broken left ankle and broken right heel.
 
OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing their investigation into the cause of the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call OSP at (541) 440-3334.
 
Sutherlin Fire Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, and an OSP crash reconstructionist assisted at the scene.