September 2, 2014
Updated at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24

Ogemaw County officer injured in rollover accident

Tim Barnum
An Ogemaw County police car sits off the west side of the I-75 roadway in Arenac County after rolling over.
Tim Barnum
A D & N Towing tow truck operator attaches a cable to the police car in an attempt to remove it from where it sits.
Tim Barnum
A Standish Area Fire Authority fire truck temporarily blocks southbound I-75 traffic as it is repositioned so a tow truck can also be repositioned.
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STANDISH — Ogemaw County Sgt. Robert Cappell received non-life threatening injuries in a rollover accident while traveling southbound on I-75 Jan. 23, according to Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre.

The accident occurred about a half mile north of Exit 190 at approximately 11:40 a.m., McIntyre said. He said Cappell lost control of the vehicle due to poor road conditions, went off the west side of the roadway and rolled the patrol vehicle.

Cappell was not issued a citation, McIntyre said.

“Not everyone receives a ticket in bad road conditions,” he told the Independent Jan. 24. “We had patches of ice. We had three rollovers (Jan. 23) and none of them got a ticket.”

Road conditions were mixed throughout the county, McIntyre said.

“The wind was blowing snow across the roads, and we had clear areas, and then all of a sudden snow-covered roads that turned to ice,” he said.

According to McIntyre, at approximately 10 a.m., a GMC Sierra driven by Jeffrey Filary, of Linwood, rolled over while he traveling northbound on I-75 near the 186 mile marker.

Around the same time, a Chevrolet pickup being driven northbound by Karen Dybas, of Pinconning, rolled on M-13 near Worth Road.

Neither Filary or Dybas were injured, McIntyre said.

Ogemaw County Sheriff Howie Hanft said Sgt. Cappell was on his way to check on an inmate who was home with a tether. He was the lone occupant of the patrol car, Hanft said.

“He was going to Au Gres,” he said. “We’ve got guys on tethers from the jail, guys who have medical tethers.”

According to Hanft, tethered convicts are tested monthly to make sure they are not using alcohol or drugs.

“We can track them by the tether, but we can’t see if they’re drinking or whatever,” he said.

Hanft said he is confident the car involved in the accident is totaled. He said it had about 140,000 miles on it.

The Arenac County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Department, the Standish Area Fire Authority and D & N Towing. Police officers and firefighters were directing traffic to the left lane while attempting to remove the vehicle.

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