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Teen crashes into police car, injures officer while 'plugging in cellphone'

Oakland County Sheriff's deputy diagnosed with concussion

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BRANDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – An Oakland County Sheriff's deputy was injured Saturday night when his patrol car was hit from behind on Ortonville Road south of Seymour Lake Road.

Police said the 29-year-old deputy was on duty in a fully marked patrol car. He was stopped on the roadway to make a left turn on to Long Lake Drive when his car was hit from behind.

The officer received injuries to his shoulder and leg and was diagnosed with a concussion. He was taken to the hospital, treated and released. Police said he will be off work for the next two to three weeks. He is a three-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office.

Officers said the 17-year-old Brandon Township man driving the car that ran into the patrol car was distracted by a cellphone. Officials said the driver told them he was "plugging in my cellphone" when he ran into the officer's car.

There is no evidence that the driver was texting at the time of the crash, police said. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor.

The patrol car was badly damaged and is not driveable, police said.

The driver was not injured. He was given a ticket for failure to stop with an assured clear distance.

The crash is still under investigation.

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