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Highway patrol investigating Columbia judge’s accident

Feb 24, 2011 8:28:00 PM - thestate.com
State Highway Patrol officers – not city police – are investigating a chain collision Thursday that resulted in Columbia’s chief municipal judge being rear-ended as she drove to a city public safety committee meeting.

No one was injured in the 1 p.m. collision involving three vehicles at Assembly and Laurel streets, just a block from City Hall where the committee was to meet, authorities said. Judge Dana Turner attended the committee meeting, city manager Steve Gantt said.

The patrol was asked to investigate by Columbia public safety director Mike King, who also was at the committee meeting, Gantt said.

Highway Patrol spokesman Sid Gaulden said the driver of the vehicle that initiated the collision was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions. Gaulden said the name of the driver was not immediately available to him.

The city has a long-standing policy of recusing its own police from investigating any collision involving that involved senior city officials or any collision involving an employee in a city-owned vehicle, Gantt said.

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