Deputy’s routine patrol turns into head-on collision

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“The deadliest weapon in America is a 3,000 pound car with a drunk driver behind the wheel. Anybody is a target,” said Sheriff Fred Abdalla, Jefferson County.

Early Wednesday morning, a Jefferson County Deputy was the unintended target of a drunk driver.

Deputy Reese Thompson was headed south on State Route 43 when he swerved to miss a car driving in the wrong lane.

Before he could get away, Matthew Marshall, 29, struck the deputy head on.

“All the computer systems in there, the screens, the monitors, everything was just destroyed when that car came crashing through. Then, we find out the guy has an alcohol content three times the legal limit,” Abdalla said.

Deputy Thompson was taken to the hospital for stitches in his head and an injury to his right leg.

He was released just a few hours later.

Meanwhile, Marshall didn’t suffer a scratch.

“Drunk drivers get in a crash and either injure a person and kill them, then they walk away without a scratch. That’s what happened here. I’ve got a deputy injured, thank God not seriously, but the man involved driving the car didn’t have a scratch,” Abdalla said.

Marshall was arrested for impaired driving and charged with OVI Second Offense.

He’s currently in the Jefferson County Jail.

Stay with 7News for updates on this case.

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