Passerby hits patrol car on slick roads

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ALGER — The Arenac County Sheriff’s Department is reminding residents to be careful driving this morning after a sheriff's deputy’s patrol vehicle was struck by oncoming traffic on M-76 at around 5:30 a.m. Dec. 14.

According to Undersheriff Don McIntyre, the deputy was responding to an accident, heading southbound on M-76 in Moffatt Township near the I-75 overpass, when their vehicle was struck by one traveling northbound that had crossed the centerline.

“The deputy was aware of his surroundings and observed this vehicle cross the centerline and he was able to swerve over even further in his lane to get out of the way of the oncoming vehicle,” McIntyre said. “It could have been a lot worse had the deputy not swerved. He had moved over quite a good distance before he was even struck.”

He added that no one was injured in the accident and the driver was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

While road conditions are improving, McIntyre said the sheriff's department has had many accidents reported this morning and reminded commuters to be aware of icy roads while driving today.

“Make sure that your tires are adequate and that you have adequate tread on your tires and that you leave plenty of time early and drive slow enough for the conditions so you don't end up involved in an accident,” McIntyre said. “That’s the biggest thing is taking extra time.”

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