2010-06-10 / Front Page

Wet roads, tires factors in police accident

SIGN SMASHED Roscommon County Sheriff’s Deputies Aaron “A.J.” Palmerton and Laurie Beck look over an accident scene at Korbinski’s Motel involving a Denton Township Police car. The accident occurred June 4 at about 4:30 p.m. on M-55. According to the sheriff’s report, Denton Township Officer Justin Nau was eastbound responding to a domestic call when the vehicle lost traction on the wet road, spun around and slid over the curb. The sign, which Edward Korbinski said he had improved in the spring, collapsed onto the car. No injuries were reported. (CHP) SIGN SMASHED Roscommon County Sheriff’s Deputies Aaron “A.J.” Palmerton and Laurie Beck look over an accident scene at Korbinski’s Motel involving a Denton Township Police car. The accident occurred June 4 at about 4:30 p.m. on M-55. According to the sheriff’s report, Denton Township Officer Justin Nau was eastbound responding to a domestic call when the vehicle lost traction on the wet road, spun around and slid over the curb. The sign, which Edward Korbinski said he had improved in the spring, collapsed onto the car. No injuries were reported. (CHP) Wet roads and worn tires were contributing factors in an accident involving a Denton Township Police car June 4, according to a Roscommon County Sheriff’s report.

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.

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