Police Officer Blamed In Accident

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A Watertown city police officer escaped serious injury when his patrol vehicle collided with a pickup truck early Wednesday morning.

City police say Officer Christopher Thomas was responding to a call about a possibly suicidal person when he stopped at the corner of Coffeen and North Massey streets.

Thomas -- whose patrol car's lights were flashing -- entered the intersection against the red light and collided with a pickup truck with a plow driven by 28 year old Joseph Chesbrough of Watertown.

Police say poor visibility prevented either driver from seeing the other.

Officials said Thomas was technically at fault for not properly clearing the area first.

Officials tell us he will now face an internal investigationbefore deciding if any charges are warranted.

"It could be anything from it wasn't the officer's fault to counseling memo to the person would get time off for not using due care when he does something," said Captain Cheryl Clark of the Watertown Police Department.

The crash severely damaged one of the department's brand new 2013 Ford Interceptor patrol cars.

Thomas received minor injuries when the airbag deployed and was treated at Samaritan Medical Center.

Chesbrough was charged with third degree aggravated unlicensed operation and circumventing a court-ordered ignition interlock.

He will appear in Watertown city court at a later date.

Photo courtesy of NewzJunky.com.

Friday, July 25, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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