Deputy Criminally Charged For Driving Too Fast On Way To Gun Brandishing Call

August County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Stogdale was charged with reckless driving after he flipped his patrol vehicle.

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.

Comments (51)
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flybynight
flybynight

Where's a troll when you need one......... not that I ever need one.

User 69
User 69

U unfair to charge deputy. Wish him a speedy recovery

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

I hope their lives never hang on someone getting to them quickly to save them.

Eddieg825
Eddieg825

Criminal charge??? Guess all the other deputies should respond in a routine manner at the speed limit and/or let the victims fend for themselves.

SupportBlueLives
SupportBlueLives

I support the officer responding appropriately to a life and death situation!!

Timoshe
Timoshe

When theres a call of shots fired have dispatch tell them to come to the station to file a report.!!..... gotta wonder what administrators add he wouldn't kiss, hell probably be promoted.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#publicsafety

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Not to side with the trolls, but he likely deserved the ticket if he was speeding on the way to a call in a reckless enough manner that he flipped his car. It's no different than if an ambulance flips or crashes because it is being driven in a reckless manner. or anyone in a private vehicle. He had a responsibility to drive with due regard, and it would appear that he failed to do so while going to this call.

And criminally charged is likely not the correct wording; he was issued a traffic citation, one he likely deserved, based on the VSP investigation.

John Chapman
John Chapman

There's a lot missing here. "Brandishing" a gun is really vague. Did someone see a gun in someone's hand? Is that what they classify as brandishing? How much experience did this Deputy have? Was he a rookie? I had an Academy Classmate die three months after we graduated when he rolled his police car. We was going to back up another officer who had been watching a suspicious car outside a bank. They couldn't raise the officer on the radio and they thought he was in trouble. Well he wasn't. He exited his police car without calling out. Stupid thing that we've all done from time to time. IF he had more familiarity with the roads and construction and natural hazards.....IF the other officer had called out on the air.....IF he had been wearing a seat belt.....Mike might have lived to see the baby his wife was carrying. This Deputy is charged with a summary traffic ticket. It's a tough lesson and an embarrassing way to learn it. But he's alive.

Marxest
Marxest

I wish Deputy Stogdale a speedy recovery. He's fortunate that the crash didn't claim his life as other crashes have killed many other officers and first responders. As for the charges, it sounds like his superiors are trying to punish him for wrecking his vehicle and costing the department money. I wish him the best where the charges are concerned.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I have to go with the local law enforcement on this one. They don't have to obey the speed limit, with lights and siren on, but it's hard to argue against "reckless driving", when the vehicle he was driving starts doing cartwheels, instead of smoothly making the turn by proper braking. This guy got off light. It could have been his life.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Sounds like the State Troopers are charging him, not his department. I don't see this one coming up guilty. Defensive/emergency driving school should be in his future, though.

standwithblue
standwithblue

Charge the perp with assaulting a LEO.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

damage a cop car, get charged quick! kill a 4yr old wait a year to get charged! off duty hit a van full of family killing one! no charges! i see too many problems with the blue lies mafia! i would like to think that cops are being held accountable, but when a cop plants evidence or one kicks his k-9 partner in the face and not get charged, that thought quickly diapers.

navajowinds99
navajowinds99

What good are you if you cannot arrive on scene to assist because you are out of service dued to your own fault. Being charged for reckless driving has put you on the hook to pay for damages to the patrol vehicle which is a total loss. That's a lot of money to buy the county a new police vehicle. There is definitely a termination coming.

Retired37
Retired37

The call seemed vague as to exactly what was happening. The way you respond Should be dictated by the call, having due regard for your safety and the safety of other road users. The ability to decide how you drive to each and every call comes with experience. If you are backing up another officer, You are of no help if you are tits up in the ditch. You are also of no help if the event is over when you arrive. Putting the cruiser in the ditch when you are responding will give you some of that experience. The story of the young bull and the old bull comes to mind

Raymelson
Raymelson

I thought officers had to go to a driving course as part of there training they do here in north Alabama an it's aj tough course an every one doesn't make it also he might not have known the road very well I wish him a speedy recovery

Seventies Copper
Seventies Copper

I joined the "Brotherhood of the Badge" at age 18 when I volunteered for Vietnam and was assigned to the most decorated Military Police Unit in the history of the United States Army: the 716th MP Bn., (where 27 were killed, 44 wounded in one day during fierce fighting to save the Embassy from VC assault on Tet 1968); consequently, I was taught from an early age that you protected your brother cop above all. I made sergeant at age 19 and spent my entire three years in Southeast Asia except for nine months at Fitz Army Hospital after my tour of duty in Saigon. I was one Gung-Ho trooper!

I tell you this so you'll understand my "Blue Lives Matter More" mentality 45 years ago when I foolishly left Uncle Sammy's Green Machine because I didn't want to be called a "Lifer" by my fellow MPs; instead, I wanted to sample "life" as a civilian police officer and was immediately hired by the Colorado State Patrol and assigned to busy Division 1 (North Metro Denver at the time).

At CSP, we handled 99% of the accidents involving city and county law enforcement vehicles. I was one of the few "troopers," (known as state patrolmen back then before women were allowed on the department), who refused to cite officers following their accident. State Law required only that a report show "causation." CSP was heavily into the Ticket Quota mentality however, and this caused me a lot of grief; I lasted only three years before lateraling over to a nearby municipal agency, where I was much happier being a "real cop" and working traffic was frowned upon.

When I read this story, the first thing I thought was: typical state cop, just meeting his sergeant's ticket quota for fear of the bad performance evaluation he'd receive otherwise; but then I realized: the cop was actually quite smart. "Reckless Driving" will result in a "Not Guilty" verdict, (if it even goes to trial, because in most jurisdictions, a peace officer who crashes his car can only be charged with "speed excessive for conditions" if he is running Code 3); Cop In Violation goes free, State Cop Meets His Quota and keeps Sgt Off His Back, etc. Its a Win-Win Strategy!

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

If you don’t like cops, never call one. I would be happy to take a ticket if I had to cover another brother or sister in blue, we don’t leave cops out in the cold, PERIOD, there are no BUTs! No one knows how one will end up rushing to save a brother, on the other end, what if you drove the speed limit and got there four seconds AFTER he was Killed! All the haters, do the job, or just shut up, you have no standing to judge folks with Honor, who will risk his or her all to cover a brother. Who, cop hater, would you risk all? That is what I thought!

Justice4us
Justice4us

I won't rush to judgement on this yet. All facts not in. Glad he'll recover and no one else injured.

Woobie46
Woobie46

Boy, just when you think things cannot get worse...I can't believe they would charge anyone who was attempting to STOP a killer from killing. You people at the Virginia State Police have your head's up and locked. Maybe one day it will be one of you trying to prevent a crime...but not likely. You suck!

Woobie46
Woobie46

This was and would always be a code 3 full tilt boogie run...and that may sound and it may even be dangerous but it sure as hell the way I want them to respond to me if someone is brandishing a gun in my face...balls to the wall...and those sissies at the DPS of Virginia should one day live long enough to face a person with a gun...