Liberty County sheriff’s deputy involved in crash

Cleveland Fire Department responded to a call overnight regarding a rollover accident involving a Liberty County Sheriff's Deputy. (Photo courtesy of Cleveland Fire Department)

A deputy responding to a 911 hangup call overnight was involved in a single-vehicle crash, according to Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader.

Deputy Bridget Sumrall was traveling north on FM 2518 in the Tarkington area in a patrol vehicle when she veered off the road onto an unimproved shoulder. The car went airborne and flipped at the intersection of CR 2212 and FM 2518, the sheriff said.

Sumrall suffered a broken nose and chipped tooth, and will likely be sore for a few days, but she is expected to make a full recovery, Rader added. She received medical treatment and has been released.

“What happens now is she will go before an accident review board to explain what happened,” Rader said.

Rader said the nature of the 911 call, which involved a domestic dispute involving a young child, was likely a factor in the accident.

“It had been raining and the roads were wet, so it’s likely she was just going a little too fast for the conditions,” the sheriff said. “When a kid is involved in a situation like this, law enforcement officers tend to respond a little faster.”

Another deputy was dispatched to the original call. Information about that incident was not available as of 5 a.m. Friday.

Sumrall, who comes from a law enforcement family, has been with the sheriff’s office since December 2016.

Note: Cleveland firefighters responded to the scene and posted the attached photo to the department’s Facebook page.

By Vanesa Brashier,

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