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Trooper injured in Grant County crash

Crash:The 2018 marked police Dodge Charger ISP Senior Trooper Jeremy Perez was driving was badly damaged in the Wednesday morning accident, according to ISP Public Information Officer Tony Slocum. The accident in eastern Grant County injured both Perez and the other driver, Michael Herring.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

An on-duty Indiana State Police trooper was injured in a crash in eastern Grant County Wednesday morning, according to ISP Public Information Officer Tony Slocum.

The accident sent drivers of both vehicles to the hospital – Senior Trooper Jeremy Perez, 32, of Marion, to a Fort Wayne hospital for leg and back injuries, and Michael Herring, 70, Keystone, to Marion General Hospital for a cut on his arm.

Slocum said the vehicles collided at the intersection of county roads 600 East and 100 North.

Perez was traveling south on 600 East in a 2018 marked police Dodge Charger while Herring was traveling east on 100 North in a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado when he reached the intersection.

“Evidence indicates Herring stopped for the stop sign, but then proceeded into the intersection, in an attempt to turn northbound,” Slocum said.

Herring pulled into Perez’s path, according to Slocum, and his vehicle was hit in the driver’s side towards the rear.

ISP Senior Trooper A. J. Coffee conducted the preliminary investigation into the crash but Slocum said the investigation is ongoing.

“At this time, neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as being a contributing factor in the crash,” Slocum said.

Both Perez and Herring have since been released from the hospital.

The police car “suffered severe damage,” according to Slocum. He was unsure if the vehicle would be deemed a total loss, but guessed the damage could be at least $10,000.

Slocum was also unsure how soon Perez would be able to return to work with his injuries. “I don’t know when he’s going to return to work but I don’t believe it will be an extensive time,” Slocum said. 

Coffee was assisted at the scene by ISP Trooper Dustin Rutledge, Master Motor Carrier Inspector Daryl Brane, Master Trooper Randy McPike, Senior Trooper Eric Treon, Trooper Dukengston Lavache, the Grant County Sheriffs Department, Grant County EMA, and local fire departments.