Wet roads, tires factors in police accident
Denton Township Officer Justin Nau, 24, was responding to a domestic call in progress, headed east on M-55 in Prudenville between 55 and 60 mph when his car lost control and slid into the Korbinski Motel sign.
According to the report, Officer Nau’s patrol car lost traction on the wet, rainy roadway and the vehicle spun around 180 degrees, crossing the centerline and the westbound lanes. The vehicle then struck the curb along with the motel sign. The sign collapsed onto the car.
Nau told deputies he could feel the rear end of the car becoming loose and the vehicle begin to slide before it turned and struck the sign.
Deputies noted three of the cars’ four tires appeared to be “substantially worn.” Officer Nau was not running “code” (was not running his lights and siren).
Denton Township Police Chief Dallas McGeary said the car was going to be placed out of service in anticipation of the department’s new Dodge Charger.
“I’m just happy no one got hurt,” he said.