A Bartholomew County Sheriff deputy escaped injury when his patrol car hit a tree near Mill Race Park during the weekend, police said.
The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. Sunday on Indianapolis Road near Mill Race Center, according to the sheriff’s department.
As Deputy Adam DeBoth was driving toward downtown Columbus, a gust of wind came in through an open window, causing several items to drop from the driver’s side visor, said Maj. Todd Noblitt, chief deputy for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.
DeBoth became distracted trying to retrieve papers and other items as he approached a curve near Carl Miske Drive, Noblitt said.
Some of the papers were obscuring the deputy’s vision when the patrol car went up over a curb and struck a small tree, Noblitt said.
Vehicle damage was described by Noblitt as extensive, although he said a specific amount is being determined by the insurance company.