June 14, 2008
According to the information provide, on June 8, 2008 at approximately 0003 hours the Ketchikan Police Department received multiple 911 calls of a patrol vehicle, which had crashed by the Stedman Street Bridge and was now in the water in Thomas Basin.
Thomas Basin to be loaded on a tow truck.
Photograph by Jim Lewis
Based on witness statements the patrol vehicle was driving from Mill Street onto Stedman Street when it swerved behind the Federal Building, drove through the parking lot and broke through a concrete barricade. The vehicle fell approximately 14 feet into the water.
An investigation into the accident determined that Sgt. Townsend lost consciousness while operating his patrol vehicle said Deputy Chief Dossett. Sgt. Townsend remains on medical leave while doctors try to determine why he lost consciousness.
Sgt. Townsend regained consciousness after the vehicle came to a stop and started sinking. He was unable to open the door or window of his patrol vehicle and fired one round of his service weapon to break out the glass in the driver's door.
Witnesses assisted Sgt. Townsend to shore and helped him up to the roadway. Sgt. Townsend was transported to Ketchikan General Hospital by ambulance and was later released.
Results from blood and urine tests are expected on Monday, June 16th according to Deputy Chief Dossett.
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