Archive for Wednesday, March 7, 2007

24-40 mishap injures police chief

March 7, 2007

An attempt to help out another Basehor police officer turned into an accident last Thursday afternoon.

Basehor Police Chief Terry Horner and detective Lloyd Martley stepped out of their Ford Crown Victoria to assist an officer in the 14800 block of eastbound U.S. Highway 24-40 when their vehicle, which was parked in the median, was struck from behind by a Plymouth Neon driven by Stephanie Padgett, 17, of Kansas City, Kan.

The force of the impact pushed the Crown Victoria into Horner, injuring him.

Martley immediately contacted the Leavenworth County dispatch via cell phone. Horner was transported by ambulance to the University of Kansas Hospital.

Martley said he did not know the extent of Horner's injuries, but said the chief had complained of leg and lower back pain.

"He has been released from the hospital, and we're hoping for a complete recovery," Martley said. "I'm not sure when he's going to return to work at this time."

Martley said he believed this was the first time Horner had been injured on duty during his tenure in Basehor. The only other accidents within the police department have been minor deer-vehicle fender benders, Martley said.

The Kansas Highway Patrol accident report remained incomplete as of Wednesday and it was unclear whether Padgett was ticketed for the accident. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

"The city employees' thoughts and prayers are with the chief for a speedy and full recovery," Martley said. "We look forward to him coming back to work."

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