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Investigation of accident underway

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The Indiana State Police and the Clay County Sheriff's Department are heading up two separate investigations into a head-on collision involving a sheriff's deputy on State Road 46 in the area near the 6 Points Trading Post, 1005 N. County Road 750 E., Saturday evening.

According to an accident report filed by Indiana State Police Trooper Mike Finney, shortly after 9 p.m., Deputy Brison Swearingen, 23, responding to a non-emergency call at the trading post, turned into the path of a westbound vehicle driven by Amber Shatto, 20, Sullivan, and a passenger Jacob Theist, 22, of Herdon, Va.

Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Clay County Search and Rescue and Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

Shatto, complaining of leg pain, and Theist, who suffered a spinal injury, were both transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

Swearingen sustained minor head injuries during the collision and was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital, where he was later treated and released.

On Saturday evening, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton confirmed it is normal protocol to release any investigation involving the actions of an officer of the sheriff's department to the Indiana State Police. That investigation continues, but Heaton said Sunday that the Clay County Sheriff's Department has begun a separate "in-house" investigation. This investigation will determine if any department regulations or protocols were violated by Swearingen during the accident. Details will not be available until the conclusion of that ongoing investigation.

Swearingen is expected to report for duty Wednesday if his health allows him to return.

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