The Crook County Sheriff’s Office is being sued by Allstate Insurance to recover damages from a collision between a deputy and another driver in 2017.
On the afternoon of Oct. 22, 2017, Sgt. Billy Elliot was responding to a call of shots fired when he drove through the intersection of U.S. Highway 26 and Combs Flat Road, according to the lawsuit filed last month in Crook County Circuit Court.
Elliot was driving a 2011 four-door Ford F-150 patrol vehicle.
Carl Peugh was driving a 2011 four-door Dodge R2500 truck hauling a travel trailer with a four-wheeler attached to the trailer tongue. He had two passengers.
Peugh had a green light when he passed through the intersection and was traveling near the speed limit of 30 mph, according to the Oregon State Police incident report.
Peugh told police he didn’t see Elliot crossing on Combs Flat Road until he was in the intersection.
Peugh did not have time to stop and struck the rear of Elliot’s truck. He said he didn’t hear Elliot’s siren until after the crash.
After initially reporting no injuries, Elliot was taken to St. Charles Prineville with neck pain.
Peugh and his passengers were not injured.
The Dodge incurred extensive front-end damage and was a total loss, according to the lawsuit.
The loss was valued at $29,000, according to Paul Judd, attorney for Allstate. But the county’s insurance has so far only paid $23,000 of that amount, according to the suit.
Sheriff John Gautney is away this week. The undersheriff in charge did not return a call seeking comment.
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