SALEM — A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy didn’t return to duty after being banged up in a crash.
“I was sitting in my car filling out a citation and suddenly I was thrown forward,” said Deputy Justin Kinyon.
He was involved in a traffic stop on Lancaster Drive NE near Glendale Avenue on Tuesday afternoon and had pulled to the right in his marked patrol car with lights flashing.
53-year-old Mohammed Ali tried to move over and get past, but he didn’t see another vehicle beside him. That forced the other driver to swerve and Ali turned right into Deputy Kinyon’s vehicle.
Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured. Ali was cited for driving without a license and careless driving. He was driving only with a permit.
The law states that drivers must slow down at least five miles an hour and move left if there’s another lane that’s clear. Not doing so comes with a $260 fine. The law came to be after a state trooper was killed during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 south of Salem about ten years ago.