Sheriff’s Department responds to multiple calls during ice storm

A Bloomfield Police Department vehicle received $23,050 in damages in an accident north of Bloomfield at 9:50 p.m. Saturday night, Dec. 28.

Officer Alyssa Murry was on emergency call with lights and sirens on when she believed she observed a deer close to the roadway just north of the intersection of Highway 63 and 180th Street. She hit the brakes of the 2019 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor to avoid a collision and lost control of the vehicle, which was traveling in the northbound lane of Highway 63. Due to rain, the roadway was wet at the time.

The vehicle crossed the highway, went into the west ditch, and through a fence belonging to Ron and Jen Moore.

Officer Murry was transported to Davis County Hospital via private vehicle for complaint of a neck injury.

The Moores used their tractor to tow the patrol car out of the field. Another officer drove the vehicle back to Bloomfield. A local body shop estimated the damages at $23,050.

Damages to the Moores’ fence were estimated at $1,000.

A citizen’s 911 call on Jan. 11 at 12:24 p.m. alerted the Sheriff’s Department of a burning vehicle in a field entrance west 31682 15th St., Floris. When law enforcement arrived, no one was in or around the vehicle, which was identified as a Chevy pickup with a snowplow attachment on the front and a large rear bumper. The Ottumwa Police Department and Wapello County, Van Buren County, Schuyler County (Missouri) and Centerville authorities were contacted. Spilman Auto Parts towed the vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Department received six more calls Friday — all related to downed tree limbs and power lines during the weekend ice storm.

At 5:05 p.m. Deputy Jacob Davidson was called to the scene of a burning branch laying on a power line south of The Meadows and north of 170th Street.

A low-hanging power line over the roadway was reported on Columbia Street south of Karr Street in Bloomfield at 7:08 p.m. Friday.

An hour later, at 8:01 p.m., Deputy Rob Egenberger responded to a call from Pulaski saying a limb “took down an electrical line.”

Davidson responded to a 9:29 p.m. call of a tree in the roadway at 206 S. Madison St.

Deputy Steve Shively was called to remove a branch from the Madison/Chestnut intersection in Drakesville at 10:27 p.m. Friday.

Shively also responded to a call about a broken power pole east of 24198 220th St., Bloomfield, at 11:32 p.m.

Davidson was called out again at 8 p.m. Saturday night. This time he was tasked with removing a dead deer and a “bucket of guts” from the roadway at the intersection of 280th Street and Nuthatch Ave.

Davidson finished the weekend by responding to a call from the Schuyler County Sheriff’s office in Missouri to check on a vehicle rollover with entrapment on Highway 202 two miles north of the state line. There were unknown injuries to the driver, Heather Squires of Norman, Okla., at the time of the preliminary accident report.

The vehicle was towed to Kirksville.