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Two deputies were investigating a crash. One dove out of the way as driver smashed into their SUV

Ada County Sheriff’s Office

What started off as a routine crash investigation early Saturday morning nearly turned into a horror story for a pair of Ada County Sheriff’s deputies.

Two deputies had pulled over on the median side of Interstate 84 near Blacks Creek Road to check on a rollover crash that had occurred. The deputies set up road flares and turned on the emergency flashers of their patrol car, a Chevrolet Tahoe, to warn oncoming cars.

That’s when, according to initial reports, 21-year-old Dustin Peters did not pull over into the right lanes, lost control of his car due to slick road conditions, and veered into the rear driver’s side of the patrol car. At the time of the crash, one deputy was sitting in the driver’s seat while the other spoke to him through an open window.

The deputy sitting in the patrol car braced for impact while the one standing outside the vehicle was forced to dive out of the way as the vehicle came crashing in.

Peters’ car rolled and eventually settled near the initial wreckage the deputies had been sent out to investigate. The deputies were taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released. Peters was treated at the scene and cited for reckless driving.

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