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A Spartanburg Public Safety Officer is recuperating at Spartanburg Regional Hospital Monday after an unoccupied vehicle accident involving a Public Safety squad car. A Spartanburg Public Safety Officer is recuperating at Spartanburg Regional Hospital Monday after an unoccupied vehicle accident involving a Public Safety squad car.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A Spartanburg Public Safety Officer is recuperating at Spartanburg Regional Hospital Monday after an unoccupied vehicle accident involving a Public Safety squad car.


“He’s going to be fine” said Spartanburg Public Safety Captain, Art Littlejohn, “he’s going to be in there for a while though” after attempting to stop a patrol vehicle near the intersection of N. Church St and St John St in Spartanburg Sunday morning.

As a result of the accident, the officer sustained injuries to his head and his arm according to Littlejohn.

Just after making a traffic stop, the traffic officer proceeded walking towards the stopped vehicle when he noticed his own vehicle rolling backwards on N. Church St around 3 a.m. The officer then began chasing the fleeing emergency vehicle according to Littlejohn, ending up between the door of the car, the car itself as the vehicle continued rolling. The car only stopped after the squad car became lodged in-between trees alongside of N. Church St pinning the officer there until help arrived.

When Littlejohn was asked about people visiting the officer, he replied, “yeah, yeah, everybody’s coming to visit him, I believe he had surgery yesterday”. The officer is expected to fully recover and there was only “minor damage to the vehicle” said Littlejohn.

7 On Your Side will continue you to provide you updates on the officer’s condition as it become available, SC Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

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