Deputy's truck burns to crisp

An Erie County deputy's 2007 Dodge Ram burned up on Old Railroad Road this week
Sandusky Register Staff
Feb 28, 2013


Deputy Adam Klepper's personal truck burned up on Tuesday afternoon, according to an Erie County Sheriff's Office.

Klepper was headed south on Old Railroad Road when he noticed flames near the pedals on the floorboard, according to a deputy's report. He pulled the truck over and got out, and within short order the vehicle was in flames.

Margaretta firefighters showed up and extinguished the fire, which had apparently started in the engine compartment. According to a deputy's report, a mechanical or electrical malfunction caused the fire. The truck was destroyed.  



I bet it was Lucy. I read Pet Cemetery, trust me, this doesn't end well.


Good one.


This the kid that got in trouble a little while ago?


Does it matter? At least he is okay!

Rod Farva

Excellent piece of reporting! Really scraping the barrel now


I can't believe that Deputy would have the audacity to allow his truck to catch on fire on a public street. He should be fired, or at least given further training on operating a vehicle without starting a fire. **As I've noticed, not many of you are well versed in the English language, this is a prime example a sarcasm.**


+1, good sir.


Love the sarcastic remark! LOL


Does it really matter??? So he made a mistake. Are you telling me that you haven't been to a family gathering where underage kids were drinking and you didn't report??? It's not like he bought the alcohol good lord.

Licorice Schtick

Good catch!


Double post

Rod Farva

Cars burn around here all the time... its always in the paper like this


This happens all the time, only the Sandusky Register would find that it is a deputys truckand make a story out of it. But when the Sandusky Register van hit the sheriff car the MAIN headline did not read "Sandusky Register van hit Erie County Sheriff." imagin that.

Rod Farva

Anything to make a public safety agency look bad


Sex sells. That's why they're always screwing with the cops.

Matt Westerhold

Thanks for the comment, goodtime1212. Here's an excerpt from the article published online regarding the story you referenced: "Erie County Sheriff Terry Lyons, 57, was involved in a head-on collision with a Sandusky Register van Wednesday morning and taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center."

There are also photos of the accident, which was reported online and in the print edition. 


the main head line, The big bold letters that makes you stop when your walking past the news stand to look. It still dosnt say SANDUSKY REGISTER VAN HIT SHERIFF HEAD ON.


Unhappy goodtime? Maybe you should apply for the editor's job or buy the paper!



Now The Rest of...

If this was a Sandusky officer Chief Lang would order auto fire prevention training.

Julie R.

Thanks for the laugh. I was thinking the same thing.


Glad he's OK!


Yea, this is news. Only because somehow, someway, the SR twists things. Tag along story?? Not unless he set it on fire himself. How does the SR get awards again? Cause they stir the pot. Witches brew at it's best.

Licorice Schtick

It is not typical for vehicles to spontaneously go up in flames. This is news, but not well reported, because a reader's first quetion might be, "What's the make, model, and year?" Get with it, Emil!


maybe he was behind on his payments


Nobodycares might have something. A 6 year old truck just don't start on fire.


I hope he's ok and that he talks to dodge. What if this has to do with something more serious that needs to be recalled by the manufacturer. Hopefully it doesn't happen to anyone else. Scary!


Check the headlight switch,mine melted to a crisp!


People can't remember what happened yesterday, much less an article that ran in the SR some time ago. I remember the story but had forgotten that it was Terry Lyons. Run something good and it's remembered for a day or two at most and has maybe 10 posts. Something bad or a mistake, they have a hard time forgetting and maybe 200 or 300 posts!
In the old days headlight switches (brights) were on the floorboard, now they are on the dash or by ther steering wheel. Adam stated the flames were by the pedals. Had a SR reporter said this there would be a hundred posts. Surely not "Picking" or making fun of you, just proving a point. There are many topics that demand exact reporting and others that are just interested reading to keep us up on local news.


If SPD had responded, they would of had to have shoot Klepper. I mean come on, if you cannot keep your property on your own lawn, especially if it poses a danger to others, then the answer is to shoot, right?!


Now poor Lucy is just property and nothing more ? Throw some cash at the owners and they should be happy , because that's what this is really about .


Have to agree with goodtime1212. The headline read "Sheriff Lyons hospitalized after headon crash". This fire had nothing to do with the owner being a Deputy, so why the headline. But as you can already see, it's stirring the LE pot again, and the common denominator is present.


Yeah City, Its becoming more obvious every day. You can see it in the dog shooting story. They run the video but never even say what the original call was for, let alone run the audio. Turns out latter the officer was called there because it was charging and threatening people on the street. Suddenly the officer action take on more sensibility when in context. Then they just happen to not check on the history of the owner, who happens to have been cite at least twice before, and apparently hasn't paid the fine from the last time. Then we come to find out her boyfriend had active warrants but the Register missed this too? Any guess where the donated money is going to? Why wasn't any of this in the paper? Because that would dilute the Register's attempts to make the local law enforcement look bad. When Sheriff Lyons was hit by the Register van I'm sure that it was a simple over sight that the fact that the Register driver was at fault wasn't mentioned. Now this story making sure that the fact that the trucks owner is a Deputy in the headline. If it was a county owned vehicle I could see that. But this is just a rude attempt to sell papers. At least the truck is a total so he doesn't have to worry that his personal vehicle was splashed in living color on the web site and paper.


I remember when cars DID have boards on the floor and the gas was called the gas pedal. I'm not sure but I think they call the panel between the engine and passenger compartment a firewall now. Ironic, huh?



Many Dodge vehicles have been known to catch fire. There have been some lawsuits due to Dodge catching fires. More information of this particular Dodge could point to the cause of the fire. Did this truck have a diesel engine?

Dodge Charger police car catching fire and burning to the ground
"Chrysler agreed to replace the cruiser, however the Sheriff's department had to agree to sign a non-disclosure agreement(NDA). An NDA, also known as a secrecy agreement, is a legal contract, signed between the two parties that restricts access to third parties, which means the general public may never know what set the car ablaze."

I don't like these secrecy agreements. The next fire could cost some lives.

BW1's picture

Sounds like yet another government bailout for Chrysler.


I hope my Chrysler product catches fire so I can buy a Ford