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Deputy OK after tree impaled cruiser

Posted at 2:56 PM, Jan 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-12 15:21:12-05

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. — A Goochland Sheriff’s Deputy was treated and released from the hospital after a tree fell and impaled his cruiser on Shannon Hill Road, near Community House Road, in western Goochland on Thursday morning.

Deputy Recruit Will Beatley suffered a head injury, but will be okay, Goochland Sheriff James Agnew said.

“[He] was injured late this morning when high winds toppled a pine tree onto the patrol car in which he was riding,” Sheriff Agnew said. “Tree branches punctured the windshield of the vehicle.”

Photos showed one of the branches lodged in the dash of passenger side of the patrol car.

(PHOTO: Goochland Sheriff's Office)

(PHOTO: Goochland Sheriff’s Office)

“A second branch also penetrated the windshield narrowly missing Beatley,” Sheriff Agnew said. “The roof of the car was crushed due to the weight of the tree and impacted Beatley’s head causing his injury.”