Deputy involved in car accident

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 4, 2006

FERRIDAY &8212; A woman was treated and released from Riverland Medical Center after an accident with a Concordia Parish Sheriff&8217;s deputy Monday afternoon.

The wreck occurred at approximately 5:35 p.m., reports said. Raven Swanson was driving across E.E. Wallace Boulevard going east on Georgia Avenue when her car was hit by the car of Deputy Travis McCoy, who was turning left onto E.E. Wallace, according to reports.

Ferriday police responded to the accident. Officer Frank Henderson investigated.

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The accident report indicated both cars were traveling below 5 miles per hour.

The report said McCoy failed to yield to oncoming traffic.

Hospital Administrator Vernon Stevens said Swanson was treated and released, but he declined to comment on the extent of her injuries, citing patient privacy.

Attempts to reach Swanson, who was ticketed for having an expired driver&8217;s license, were unsuccessful.

McCoy was taken to Ferriday Police headquarters by two members of the sheriff&8217;s office, where he was given a Breathalyzer test, as dictated by state law.

The results showed McCoy blew .000, meaning he had no alcohol in his system.

CPSO spokeswoman Kathleen Stevens said it is department policy for its members to call in an accident response team anytime there is an accident and that FPD was in charge of the accident scene.

&8220;Anytime an employee in a sheriff&8217;s office vehicle is involved in an accident,&8221; she said.

&8220;Our internal team goes out to check and be absolutely sure.&8221;