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story.lead_photo.caption Dustin Ritchi Photo by Boone County Sheriff's Department

A Hallsville man was arrested Monday night after crashing his pickup truck into a deputy's patrol car, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department. 

Dustin Ritchie, 45, is accused of failing to stop for a stop sign, operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident, and driving while intoxicated while causing physical injury to law enforcement personnel.

The crash occurred around 11:46 p.m. on Route B, about three miles south of Hallsville.

The sheriff's department reports the dash camera recording from the patrol vehicle and the initial investigation revealed Ritchie was driving his truck eastbound on East Mount Zion Church Road, west of Route B, just prior to the crash. He allegedly failed to stop his vehicle for the posted stop sign, crossed Route B, and then turned southbound on the northbound shoulder of the roadway. 

As Ritchie was southbound on the wrong side of the road, he reportedly swerved from the shoulder into the northbound path of the deputy's marked patrol vehicle as it approached. The deputy took evasive action to avoid a head on collision; however, was unable to avoid the pickup crashing into the side of the patrol vehicle.

Both vehicles sustained moderate to heavy damage. The 32-year-old deputy involved in the crash received minor injuries. 

The sheriff's department said Ritchie had sustained injuries during a previous incident; therefore, deputies were unable to determine the extent of his injuries related to the crash.

A Hallsville man was arrested Monday night, Jan. 13, 2020, after he reportedly crashed his pickup truck into this Boone County Sheriff's Department patrol car driven by a deputy who sustained minor injuries in the wreck.
Photo by Boone County Sheriff's Department
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