Albany squad damaged in accident

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
— One of the two Albany Police Department squad cars is headed to the body shop after an officer drove it into a tree Saturday, Chief Bob Levitt said.

Officer Robert Ritter is OK, and the department will use a backup squad, he said.

Ritter, 42, Orfordville, was turning left into the parking lot at Albany Lutheran Church, 601 N. Mechanic St., at about 7 p.m. when the squad ran onto the grass and struck a tree, according to the Green County Sheriff’s Department, which investigated the accident.

Ritter was trying to see a car that he thought had a suspended driver, Levitt said, and was looking back at the car when the crash occurred.

Ritter was not wearing a seat belt. He declined treatment at the scene.

Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Hicks said no citations were issued. He noted that state law exempts law enforcement from seat belt violations.

The squad had moderate front damage and was driven from the scene, according to the sheriff’s department.

Last updated: 5:39 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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