Augusta County, VA – An Augusta County sheriff’s deputy was charged with reckless driving after he wrecked his patrol vehicle on the way to a call for a man brandishing a gun at a gas station early on Sunday morning.
The wreck occurred just after midnight on Jan. 5 as several deputies were responding to a call about a man who was waving a weapon at another customer at the Sheetz on Stuarts Draft Highway, WHSV reported.
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office said in a post on its official Facebook page that one of the responding deputies “failed to negotiate a curve on Augusta Farms Road near Jossie Lane.”
The deputy’s car went off the road and flipped over several times, the sheriff’s department said.
The deputy – later identified as Augusta County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Stogdale – was trapped inside his patrol vehicle after the wreck and had to be extricated by the fire department, WHSV reported.
The Stuarts Draft Fire Department and the Augusta County Fire Rescue worked together to free the trapped deputy.
Deputy Stogdale was transported in stable condition to Augusta Health by the Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad, WHSV reported.
The deputy was treated at the hospital for a fractured arm and several lacerations, and then later released.
Virginia State Police investigated the crash and determined the wreck was a result of Deputy Stogdale driving at excessive speed, according to WHSV.
The deputy has been charged with reckless driving.
“Excessive speed was the reason for this crash,” the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office wrote on its Facebook page. “The deputy is alive by the grace of God. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is extremely grateful that no one was killed in this incident.”
Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith said he did not release the deputy’s name at the first press conference about the wreck because he wanted to give Deputy Stogdale “time to speak with his family and get some needed rest,” the Augusta Free Press reported.
Sheriff Smith said that Deputy Stogdale had been employed by Augusta County Sheriff’s Office since July of 2018.