Deputy’s Vehicle Crashes After Hydroplaning


Sheriff’s vehicle on back of a tow truck. [Photo provided by a reader.]

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Sunday, March 13, 2016 at about 5:15 a.m., a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff was driving in the rain on HWY 101 near Miranda when their patrol vehicle hydroplaned and spun off the road. The vehicle’s trunk hit a tree after it spun off of the road and continued down an embankment. Once the vehicle came to a complete stop, the deputy reported the incident and was able to safely climb out of the vehicle. The deputy was not injured during the incident. California Highway Patrol (CHP) is investigating the accident.

The Sheriff’s Office would remind everyone to take extra caution when driving in wet and windy weather. If you see debris in the roadway, please contact Public Works or CHP, as this may lead to vehicle collisions as well. Public Works may be contacted at 707-445-7421. CHP can be reached at (707) 268-2000.

Mike Downey



  • Professional drivers loose control also. So be safe people… Damn it!!!!

  • Hydroplaning is due to excess speed for the wet road conditions and even deputies and Highway Patrol officers forget this. That’s why 101 south of Piercy was memorialized for a young officer who died in the rain. Thankfully in this case all that was lost are easily replaceable car parts, not a life.


    Professional what? He wouldn’t have lost control if he wasn’t driving according to road conditions.
    He was obviously speeding, and on top of things they are investigating their own crash, just awesome!
    So once again nothing to see here people keep moving!

  • I’m glad the deputy is Ok.

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