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Ind. Sheriff's Deputy Involved in Two-Car Crash

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 27 --

On Friday at approximately 11:15 a.m., officers from the Cass County Sheriff's Department and the Indiana State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on County Road 600 East at County Road 600 South, involving an on duty Cass County Sheriff's deputy.

Preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Joe Swisher revealed that Cass County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Nehr was responding to the report of high school students, who were skipping school, riding motor cross style motorcycles near the intersection of County Roads 600 South and 600 East.

Deputy Nehr was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Impala police car southbound on County Road 600 East. Nehr stopped for a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 600 South. Nehr observed two people driving motor cross style motorcycles near the intersection. He started to drive across County Road 600 South, when the police car was struck in the front passengers' side by an eastbound 2004 Chrysler Sebring, driven by Christina A. Sommers, 46, Logansport, IN. The Chrysler was not required to stop at the intersection.

Sommers was checked for injuries at the crash scene, but refused to be transported by ambulance to the hospital. She was driven by family members to Logansport Memorial Hospital with a complaint of hip pain. Nehr was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, which Master Trooper Swisher believes reduced the severity of injuries in the crash.