NORTH VERNON — Two Jennings County Sheriff’s deputies were injured after their vehicles collided while patrolling in search of a reckless driver.

Indiana State Police said the incident happened at about 4:30 a.m. this morning while the two deputies were patrolling in the area of State Road 750 near O&M Avenue.

One of two damaged Jennings County Sheriff's Department vehicles involved in a crash at 4:30 a.m. today at State Road 750 near O&M Avenue.
One of two damaged Jennings County Sheriff’s Department vehicles involved in a crash at 4:30 a.m. today at State Road 750 near O&M Avenue.

Reserve Deputy Jason Littrell, 34, was driving a 2007 marked Dodge Charger west on State Road 750, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police spokesman. Littrell pulled to the shoulder and then attempted to make a U-turn to travel eastbound on State Road 750, pulling in to the path of a 2012 marked Dodge Charger driven by Deputy Thomas Mellencamp, 24, which was westbound on the highway. The front of Mellencamp’s vehicle struck the rear driver’s side of Littrell’s vehicle, Wheeles said.

Mellencamp was taken to Jennings County St. Vincent Hospital where he was treated and released. Littrell was taken to the Jennings County hospital and then transferred by medical helicopter to Indianapolis for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.