Douglas County deputy recovering after crash

A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy is lucky to be alive after investigators said a driver ran a stop sign Tuesday night.

It happened at Highway 78 and Post Road. The Douglas County sheriff said one his deputies was traveling west on Highway 78, which is under construction, when a driver ran a stop sign and slammed into the side of the deputy’s cruiser.

Both the deputy and driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The deputy was recovering at home Wednesday.

In a post to the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page Wednesday, the sheriff wrote:

“It is the belief of some that lesser traffic offenses should not be enforced as strictly in Douglas County and that law enforcement should concentrate their efforts on more serious crimes and issues. Speeding, distracted driving, running stop signs and red lights are and have been a serious concern of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.”

The sheriff said they have two different units employing 13 deputies for traffic enforcement in the county.

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