Driver injured north of Henning

OTC Sheriff 
Barry Fitzgibbons

By Tom Hintgen

Otter Tail County Correspondent 

Deciding whether to pursue a motor vehicle is a critical decision that must be made quickly and under difficult and unpredictable circumstances. 

“In recognizing the risk to public safety created by vehicle pursuits, no deputy or supervisor shall be criticized or disciplined for deciding not to engage in a vehicle pursuit due to the risk involved,” said Otter Tail County Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons.

This includes circumstances where sheriff office policy would permit the initiation or continuation of the pursuit. It is recognized that vehicle pursuits are not always predictable.

“Decisions made pursuant to this policy will be evaluated according to the totality of the circumstances reasonably available at the time of the pursuit,” Fitzgibbons added.

Driver injured north of Henning

Sheriff deputies, on Jan. 29, reported an injury to the driver of a vehicle north of Henning and east of the town of Ottertail, on Highway 52. The accident took place at 5:20 p.m.

The driver lost control of the vehicle which entered the ditch and, according to deputies, “jumped an approach.” The driver sustained injuries to his nose and back. The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of the accident.

Burglary report

Items were taken from a shop in rural Henning on Jan. 26. Missing were a Nebo-brand flashlight worth $75 and a Milwaukee impact wrench valued at $250. Evidence was taken from the shed by authorities.

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