May 20, 2014 11:42 AM
Just before 2:00 a.m. a Tehama County Sheriff’s Deputy crashed his patrol car into a PG&E utility pole after swerving to avoid a dog.
According to the California Highway Patrol, K9 Deputy Curtis Knight was driving his patrol car on Hoag Road at speeds near 60 mph when he saw a dog in the middle of the road. Knight swerved to avoid the dog, but the quick movement and wet pavement caused the vehicle to spin out. The patrol car spun off the south edge of the road and hit a power pole.
Deputy Knight suffered minor injuries, his K9 was able to escape uninjured.
The utility pole was broken at the ground, and authorities closed Hoag Road for about an hour and half after the accident while PG&E crews worked to secure low hanging wires and conduct repairs.