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Huron County deputy pleads to crash-related charges

Jessica Cuffman • Nov 9, 2011 at 7:30 AM

A Huron County Sheriff’s deputy — who broke 19 bones in a crash he caused by running through a stop sign — paid $80 in court costs for pleading no contest to failure to yield for a stop sign and failing to wear a seat belt.

Johnnie R. Harris, 48, was on duty in September driving an unmarked SUV when he ran a stop sign at Egypt and Miller roads.

He crashed into a pickup truck pulling a camper, causing minor injuries to the driver and his 4-year-old daughter.

Troopers didn’t file charges against Harris until later. The deputy was hospitalized for weeks with broken bones, a concussion and gashes to his head.

Investigators said he was talking on his cell phone when he drove through the stop sign as he was headed south on Miller Road.

Huron County Sheriff’s Capt. Ted Patrick said Harris remains off duty on medical leave. Patrick said Harris will be disciplined, but it’s unclear what that discipline could be until after an internal investigation is completed.

“He’ll be facing sanctions within our agency,” Patrick said. “We have not met with him yet.”

Read more in Wednesday's Register.

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