March 27, 2003

Scotland County Sheriff Seriously Injured In Crash

Sirens sounded and red lights were flashing as emergency service personnel responded to an accident on Ridge Road south of Memphis at 7:40 p.m. March 19. However one the of the vehicles normally at the head of the charge to aid local residents was silent, lying upside down in the ditch along Ridge Road, as the source of the emergency call.

Scotland County Sheriff Wayne Winn was seriously injured in a one-car crash near his home.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Winn, 36, of rural Memphis, was traveling northbound on Ridge Road as he was responding to an emergency call. He apparently lost control of the 1998 Ford as the sheriff's truck was rounding a corner. The truck went off the right side of the roadway where it overturned before coming to rest on its roof. Winn was ejected from the vehicle and was thrown approximately 30 feet from where the truck came to rest.

The sheriff was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Scotland County Memorial Hospital and later was transferred by ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL for treatment of head and internal injuries. Winn remained in critical condition as of Monday, before he finally regained consciousness on March 25.

According to reports, the sheriff was responding to a domestic dispute in the west part of the county. He was in contact with a deputy via cell phone regarding the issue at the time of the crash.

Several motorists came upon the accident scene and emergency service workers were dispatched to the scene just moments after the accident.

Officers from the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department responded to the Scotland County residence and resolved the domestic dispute.

Two Scotland County reserve officers reported to duty that evening following the accident to insure law enforcement coverage for the county while the regular deputies met with family members and spent time at the hospital.

Chief Deputy Bill Holland was appointed acting sheriff of Scotland County by the power of the county commission and county coroner.

Holland expressed his appreciation for all the calls and messages of sympathy that the department has received during this very trying time. He also applauded the efforts of the ambulance service, the fire and rescue service and the emergency response personnel for their efforts at the crash scene as well as the medical staffs at both hospitals for their services.

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