Region 8 Deputy Crashes While Reading Text Message

BATESVILLE, AR - Authorities say an Independence County sheriff's deputy totaled his police car over the weekend as he tried to read a text message while driving.

Deputy Michael Carr says he was traveling north on U.S. 167 when he received a text message on his police-issued handheld radio.

In a report to Sheriff Keith Bowers, Carr says he rear-ended a car that had pulled in front of him.  Carr says his 1999 Ford Crown Victoria then went airborne and struck a chain-link fence at the Batesville Regional Airport.

No one was seriously injured.

Sheriff Bowers says a new policy requires officers to be parked when reading text messages.

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