Bulletproof vest keeps Franklin County deputy safe during car crash

State Journal staff report, Published:

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.

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  • curious, February 25, 2014 4:37PM

    "Wonder what size special vest they'd have to purchase for the sheriff himself?  He's so overweight, I bet his vest and uniforms would cost more than items for a normal size person.  Doesn't the county sheriff's office have any sort of weight standards?"

    My, my, we ARE curious!  I'd say just though casual observation of several of the deputies that there is no maximum weight limits...there may be minimum weight limits, however.  

  • Wonder what size special vest they'd have to purchase for the sheriff himself?  He's so overweight, I bet his vest and uniforms would cost more than items for a normal size person.  Doesn't the county sheriff's office have any sort of weight standards?

  • The Deputy was obviously going way too fast for the road and his skill level...he just ran off of gthe road.  In order to respond to emergencies the LEO has to actually GET there.  One of the reasons that it is good to have deputies regularly patrolling the counties roads is to become intimately familiar with them so if they have to respond to an emergency that they know the road and do not crash, further endangering our citizens who just happen to be traveling on the road at that same time.

    He is really lucky that there was no oncoming traffic and that the plank didn't hit his head, but is that really the story here, or a diversion? The story could have been much worse if there had been a car with a family in it traveling the other way on that curve and the deputy hit them head on...would the vest have saved his or the family's lives then?  The real story is that our deputies are wrecking cars rather frequently these days, as well as participating in high speed chases without sufficient driving skills, which could easily result in innocent people's lives.  What is a life worth around here these days?  

  • Ok. You all know I would respond to yet another deputy wrecking our cruiser.  Third time in in the last couple of years. I do know that speed is of importance when responding to certain situations as this but Dang. Was this the same one as the other two. Why is this deputys name a top secret. Aren't wrecks a matter of public records. The last incident a deputy was responding to was a domestic one already under control by Two state policemen.

    I know, insurance will cover the cost but I am sure that they will recoup the cost in higher rates. (for surely they are getting tired of it) I am one of many that periodically sees a deputy gunning the engine and speeding in this very area without any emergency signals as lights or sirens. Good thing he did have his vest on or for surely this would had been fatal. Due to the seriousness of this incident I would hope that procedures of responding to calls are reviewed and revised to keep these wrecks from becoming common or possibly saving the lives of other motorists who happens to be in the way of an out of control speeding cruiser..