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Sheriff: Driver hits Newberry Co. deputy investigating another crash

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NEWBERRY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Newberry County deputy at the scene of a crash involving a deer was hit by another driver Monday night, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies said the officer was called to Highway 395 near Mendenhall Road about 11:40 p.m. to investigate a suspicious vehicle that turned out to be single-car crash.

The car had hit a deer and while the deputy was at the scene, a green Mustang drove up, drove off the side of the road and hit the deputy's patrol car, according to the sheriff's office.

The driver then crossed a ditch and drove towards the officer, and he tried to get out of the way, but the Mustang hit him on the leg, deputies said.

The deputy was taken to the Newberry Hospital with minor injuries.

"This is another example of the many dangers that law enforcement officers face," said Sheriff Lee Foster. "This seemingly routine call could have turned deadly had it not been for the quick actions of the deputy to avoid the oncoming car. In a day and time where law enforcement seems to be scapegoat for all that is wrong with government, please remember that these men and women are doing their best to honorably serve and protect in extremely difficult circumstances."

The driver was charged with reckless driving by the Highway Patrol, deputies said. Deputies identified the driver as Tonya Crapps, 39, of Prosperity.

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