A Mendocino Sheriff's Deputy was involved in a single car crash on Saturday, Oct. 22, at about 6:30pm, on Highway 162. The deputy was not injured, but the patrol car was significantly damaged. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
A reader contacted the Voice over the weekend saying that they had seen a Mendocino Sheriffs patrol car in what he described as "a bad wreck," on Hwy. 162 at around 9pm on Saturday night. The reader reported seeing that the vehicle was "mangled."
Staff at the California Highway Patrol's Garberville office stated that the incident involved a single deputy who crashed at about 6:30pm that evening. An officer took a report and the investigation is ongoing, but the CHP said a press release was unlikely to be issued as the incident only involved property damage. The CHP is responsible for investigating any traffic-related incidents in unincorporated areas of Mendocino County. Staff also noted that if the vehicle was still visible several hours later it may have been due to delays in the arrival of a tow truck.
Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Captain Greg Van Patten confirmed the facts in an email. He wrote: "It was a single vehicle collision and the cause is still under investigation. The Deputy sustained no significant injuries and was examined at a local hospital as a precaution."