Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Deputy recovering after fiery crash

ISP still investigating accident near Fairfield

Express Staff Writer

A Camas County sheriff's deputy was released Sunday from St. Luke's Wood River after crashing a patrol vehicle Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 20 east of Fairfield.

The accident, in which a Camas County Sheriff's Office 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Deputy Johnathan Graybill rolled several times and caught fire and was destroyed, is being investigated by Idaho State Police.

"The investigation is still ongoing—we haven't completed the report," ISP Lt. Kevin Haight said Monday. "I do know he's out of the hospital and home recovering."

The accident occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. about seven miles east of Fairfield. ISP reported that Graybill was eastbound and attempting to "initiate a traffic stop" when he lost control of his squad car after passing another vehicle.


"As he was merging back into the eastbound lanes, he overcorrected, went off the road and rolled several times," ISP reported in a news release. "The vehicle came to rest in a field, where it caught fire. Deputy Graybill was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle."

Graybill was transported to St. Luke's by ground ambulance.

Haight said ISP was investigating the accident at the request of the Camas County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Dave Sanders could not be reached for comment by press deadline Tuesday.

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