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Porter County officer injured in crash

Updated: July 13, 2011 12:20PM



A Porter County Sheriff’s Department officer was injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred while he was responding to an accident Tuesday afternoon.

Patrolman Paul Arnold had the emergency lights and siren of his police car activated while responding to a crash with injuries, according to Sgt. Larry LaFlower, public information officer for the sheriff’s department.

Arnold’s collision with the vehicle occurred on Indiana 149 at County Road 550N in Center Township, LaFlower said.

Arnold, 29, was taken to Porter hospital in Valparaiso, according to Indiana State Police. He complained of pain to his head, neck and back, state police said.

Driving a fully marked police car, Arnold was southbound on Indiana 149 as he responded to a personal-injury crash at Indiana 130 and County Road 250W. State police also said that while Arnold was en route to the accident scene, he approached a southbound pickup truck on Indiana 149 that was driven by James E. Marshall, 53, of Valparaiso.

The pickup made a left turn in front of Arnold as Marshall attempted to turn left onto County Road 550N, state police said.

The front of the police car hit the front of the pickup, causing Arnold’s vehicle to leave the roadway, go up an earth embankment and come to rest in a field, according to a state police news release on the Porter County crash.

State police said witnesses indicated that Arnold’s police car did have its emergency lights and siren activated, although Marshall said he did not see the emergency lights or hear the siren.

Marshall was not injured, state police said.

Contact Bob Kostanczuk at 648-3144.



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