Sheriff Pat Melton said a deputy’s bulletproof vest likely saved his life during a crash Monday night.
The deputy was responding to a call about a five- or six-person fight on Highwood Drive just after 7 p.m., Melton said.
While driving around a curve on Evergreen Road, the deputy allegedly lost control and crashed through a plank fence.
“One of the planks went through the windshield and hit him in the chest,” Melton said. “He had his vest on. Probably saved his life.”
The plank never pierced the vest, Melton said.
The deputy was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but was released with only minor injuries.
“He’s sore, but he’s OK,” Melton said.