AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – An Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy was injured in a crash Thursday morning on Tienken Road in Rochester Hills.
The deputy was outside his unmarked patrol car -- which had flashing lights -- when he was struck by another vehicle. He was taken to a nearby hospital. He is in critical condition. Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the deputy's injuries are very, very serious. He has a wife and kids.
"He got hit pretty good, hit the windshield. His condition ... we're just going to have to wait and see what happens in the brain area," said Bouchard.
The Sheriff's Office said the deputy was responding to another car crash about 7:40 a.m. in front of Rochester Adams High School on Tienken Road east of Adams Road. Then a second crash happened. The deputy was responding to that second crash when he was struck by a passing car and hit the windshield.
West Tienken Road was closed in both directions between Adams Road and Oxford West due to the crash investigation. The road is back open to traffic now.
The 50-year-old deputy is a 17-year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. He is assigned as a school liaison deputy at Rochester Adams High School.
Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner released this statement:
"The Deputy is a 17-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office who is assigned as a School Liaison Deputy at Rochester Adams High School. He is a pivotal member of our community, and we will continue to keep him in our thoughts and prayers. Our Critical Incident Team remains available to provide support for our students and staff."