Rush County Sheriff Allan Rice was back at work Monday after he and his son escaped injury Sunday evening after being involved in a roll-over accident south of Rushville.
Shortly before 10:30 p.m., Rice contacted the RCSD dispatch center to report he was involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident. The call resulted in multiple departments responding to the 2600 block of South SR3.
Prior to emergency personnel’s arrival, Rice and his passenger were able to exit the sheriff’s inverted 2019 Dodge Charger. After being checked by medical personnel, neither needed additional treatment and both were released at the scene.
According to Rice, he was northbound on SR 3 returning the Rush County Jail to procure paperwork to assist other officers. When he rounded a curve in the roadway, a deer entered his path of travel. In an effort to miss the animal, Rice lost control of his vehicle and begin to spin, prior to leaving the roadway and rolling.
“I was able to swerve and miss striking the deer with the front of the vehicle, however the animal struck the driver’s side door causing the side airbag to deploy. My son and I are alright, a little sore today, but alright just the same,” Rice said Monday.
The investigation is being handled by officer Andrew Parmerlee of the Rushville Police Department.
Responding to the accident were units from the RCSD, Rushville Police Department, RFD Ambulance, Rushville Township Fire Department and Davis Towing.