UPDATE: Man Charged in Hwy. 72 Wreck Involving Madison Co. Sheriff’s Deputy
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Scottsboro man faces several charges following a wreck involving a Madison County Sheriff’s deputy early Monday morning.
Alabama State Troopers charged Robbie Jim Dunn with DUI and reckless endangerment. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office also charged Dunn with possessing a firearm without a permit.
The three-vehicle wreck happened about 4:00 a.m. Monday on Highway 72 East near Salty Bottom Road. That’s just outside Gurley.
A deputy had pulled over the driver of a white van. Investigators say another vehicle rear-ended the patrol car, causing it to collide with the van. The deputy was standing beside the white van at the time to issue a ticket, and he was thrown about five yards down the road due to the impact.
A spokesman for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) says the deputy was taken to Crestwood Medical Center as a precaution. He is now recovering from scratches and bruises at home and will return to patrol soon.
MCSO Investigator Brent Patterson said the department is now formulating a plan to get much more aggressive in enforcing the state “Move Over” laws. He said the department has issued 10 citations over the last year for violations of the Move Over law. Patterson attributes the low number, in part, because it requires two officers to be on the scene. One officer would have to be free to chase down the alleged violator.
Fines for such a violation are $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense, and $100 for the third offense.