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Richland County sheriff's deputy charged in Columbia wreck

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — A Richland County sheriff's deputy has been charged with running a red light and causing a wreck in Columbia that injured a woman.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol has charged Cpl. Ken Proffitt with disregarding a traffic signal, WIS-TV (http://bit.ly/X8Quh5) reported.

Sheriff's Lt. Curtis Wilson says Proffitt was on duty at the time, but was not responding to a call when his patrol car hit another car at an intersection Friday night. Troopers said Proffitt's blue lights were not on when he entered the intersection.

Troopers said surveillance video from a nearby convenience store showed Proffitt running the light.

Proffitt was treated for his injuries at a Columbia hospital. A woman driving the other car was treated for scratches and bruises.

Sheriff Leon Lott said his department is investigating the wreck and will take appropriate action.

It was not clear if Proffitt has an attorney.


Information from: WIS-TV, http://www.wistv.com

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