Caroline County, VA - Caroline County Deputy McGhee, was seriously injured early Saturday morning when his patrol vehicle was hit head-on by a drunk driver.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the incident occurred around 5:00 AM on Ladysmith Road, west of Balty Road, in Caroline County. A 2011 Dodge truck travelling west crossed the double yellow center line and hit Caroline County Deputy H.S. McGhee's vehicle head-on.
CCSO Deputy McGhee, age 25, was transported to Mary Washington Hospital by Caroline Fire and Rescue with serious but non life-threatening injuries. He is being treated for fractures to his left femur, right lower leg and foot, and soft tissue injuries. Caroline County Sheriff Lippa has talked to the injured deputy and said "Deputy McGhee is young and strong. We ask everyone to keep him in your thoughts and prayers during his recovery."
According to the Caroline County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, Deputy McGhee has undergone surgery since the incident and came through the surgery well. He should be hospitalized for about one week and will then begin rehabilitation. His family and some of his co-workers are with him at the hospital.
The Virginia State Police is conducting the investigation. The driver of the truck, Neal Hambleton, age 30, of Ruther Glen, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence, Carrying a Concealed Weapon While Intoxicated, and DUI Maiming, and taken to the Pamunkey Regional Jail.
Sheriff Lippa also said "Both Deputy McGhee and the entire CCSO family are overwhelmed by the calls, emails, texts and other supportive communications we have received and continue to receive. It means a great deal to all of us to know the level of concern and caring this community and our law enforcement brethren have displayed. I will continue to pass along your well wishes to Deputy McGhee."
We are grateful that Caroline County Sheriff's Deputy McGhee survived what appears to be a horrific crash and that he is predicted to recover completely, with time. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, both blood and blue.
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