Officer Hospitalized After Cruiser T-Boned At O’Charley’s
SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A Springfield Police Officer was briefly hospitalized with a broken rib Tuesday evening after his police cruiser was T-boned in the parking lot of O’Charley’s restaurant in Springfield. (Location of incident)
The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Springfield Police Department are conducting a joint investigation of the incident that started with two men arguing inside O’Charley’s.
Springfield Police were called to O’Charley’s to break up a fight that, according to police and witnesses, turned out to more of a verbal argument. Springfield Police told Smokey Barn News that by the time they arrived the argument had already ended and one of the men alleged to be in the argument was leaving.
A witness told Smokey Barn News that the two men were friends and after the argument one of the men was leaving in pickup truck. The witness said the truck (a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500) was leaving in a hurry and hit his breaks hard squealing his tires trying to avoid impacting the police cruiser.
After the crash the Springfield Police Officer was trapped inside the vehicle. The Springfield Fire Department had to use the Jaws-Of-Life to free him. After getting the door of the cruiser open, Robertson County EMS medics looked over the officer, ultimately deciding that he was OK to stand on his own as they navigated him to the gurney.
The officer was then transported to an area hospital in good condition. According to Springfield Police Chief David Thompson, 15 year police veteran, Scott McLean suffered (amongst other minor injuries) a broken rib and will likely not return to work for at least a week or two.
According to the THP, (Preliminarily) “Sargent McLean was responding to a fight in O’Charelys from the Sonic Drive In. Sargent Mclean drove through the Shell gas station when Mr. Staley struck Officer McLean on the left center side of his patrol car.”
As far as any charges or tickets: Gregory Staley of Springfield was charged with “Financial Responsibility.” Sargent McLean will not be facing any charges, according to a THP report obtained by Smokey Barn News.
According to The THP, McLean and Staley were both wearing seatbelts.
The staff at Smokey Barn News are extending our prayers for the McLean to make a speedy recovery.
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