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Trooper ticketed after wreck in patrol car

Source: WYFF Source: WYFF
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WYFF) -

A highway patrolman was ticketed following a rollover wreck in Spartanburg County.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol website says the accident happened at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 85 near mile marker 83 on the northbound side, near the Cherokee County line.

Deputies at the scene said the 58-year-old trooper's patrol car rolled over and he was briefly trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated.

The crash was investigated by the Sheriff's Office traffic unit. Investigators said they determined Beheler's patrol car hydroplaned on the wet roadway because he was driving too fast for conditions, so he was ticketed.

A release said: "This charge does not mean that Trooper Beheler was speeding. It simply means that the investigating deputy feels that Trooper Beheler was driving too fast for the road conditions that were present at the time of the accident."

Investigators said Beheler attempted to regain control of his car, but the vehicle slid sideways. They said when he regained traction on the pavement, it caused the vehicle to flip over.

The release said: "This charge does not mean that Trooper Beheler was speeding. It simply means that the investigating deputy feels that Trooper Beheler was driving too fast for the road conditions that were present at the time of the accident."

Deputies said Beheler was transported to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The release said: "We are glad that Trooper Beheler was not seriously injured in this accident and we believe that this shows how important wearing seat belts are to reducing injuries and saving lives in a vehicle accident."

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