Injured Deputy Has Message for Drivers
Routine Traffic Stop Turned Dangerous
Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy David Wintle is out of the hospital after an ugly crash on I-80. Tonight he's grateful to good samaritans who helped and wants to warn all drivers. Video by kmtv.comvideo
Omaha, NE - Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy David Wintle is recovering at home. He has torn ligaments in his knee as well as scratches and bruises on his body.
On Monday, Deputy Wintle pulled over a driver on I-80 near Q for speeding. As he was walking back to his patrol car, a pickup truck, possibly with a distracted driver, slammed into his patrol car which then hit Wintle, " I heard a sound of crunching metal, saw a red flash and next think I know I'm flying through the air landing on the ground. "
Wintle says his vest likely saved him from suffering more serious injuries. His police dog, Kubo, was in the patrol car, in his crate. The dog was unharmed. The Deputy says the crash was avoidable. He's urging all drivers on the Interstate to "move over", switch lanes, when you see emergency vehicles and hazard lights.
So far, prosecutors have not lodged any charges against the driver but the case remains under investigation.