A Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department patrol car was sideswiped and a Syracuse Police car was rear-ended. Both were marked and lighted police cars. No officers were hurt.
At 7:48 p.m. Thursday, on U.S. 30, near the Indiana 19 intersection, Kosciusko County Sheriff Deputy Shawn Castillo was outside the police car helping a wrecker driver with traffic control. The squad car was parked behind the wrecker. The driver and a passenger from a slide-off crash were in the patrol car while the wrecker retrieved their vehicle.
A semi driven by Harold Butcher, 56, of Grand Rapids, failed to break for slower traffic, a police news release indicated. Butcher swerved, but sideswiped the patrol car’s drivers’ side. Neither Castillo nor the people in the patrol car were injured.
At 2:38 a.m. Friday, on Indiana 13 about a quarter-mile south of Syracuse, a county sheriff’s deputy and Syracuse Police Officer Joe Denton parked their cars in the southbound lane of Indiana 13 as they worked to roundup loose horses.