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UPDATE: Bradley Co. deputy out of hospital after being hit by Cleveland commissioner

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UPDATE: A Bradley County deputy has been released from the hospital after he was hit by a car driven by a Cleveland City Commissioner last night.

Deputy Jasper McDonald was treated for minor injuries and road rash. He is now recovering at home.

City Commissioner Charlie McKenzie told Channel 3: "It was an accident."

The initial call was concerning for first responders and the Bradley County Sheriff's Office after learning the deputy had been hit by a car on Thursday night.

"Any time you're dealing with a deputy getting hit by a car, especially when you're responding, you really don't know the nature of how he was hit, how hard he was hit, how fast the vehicle was traveling," said James Bradford, BCSO spokesperson.

The incident happened around 9 p.m. on Urbane Road, while the deputy was directing traffic for an event outside Omega Center International.

"He was in the middle of the road with his reflective vest on. We had cones lined up in the middle of the road," Bradford explained.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the deputy's car lights were flashing when McKenzie, 66, struck the deputy.

McKenzie didn't want to go on camera on Friday, but told us he was driving in the area to pick up his wife from the same event for which the deputy was directing traffic.

He said he was driving slow when he was about to turn into the parking lot, but claimed it was hard to see because the area is poorly lit. THP confirms there are no street lights on that stretch of Urbane Road.

Commissioner McKenzie said it was an accident. He's a retired police officer and school bus driver.

BCSO said McDonald will take it easy for the next few days.

"He's sore from being hit by the car and the impact on the road, but he's doing very well," Bradford said.

McKenzie did receive a ticket after the incident. He's been cited for a due care violation.


PREVIOUS:  Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jasper McDonald, 35, was struck as he was directing traffic at a crash on Urbane Road Thursday night.

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. John Harmon said that McDonald had a safety vest and the lights were activated on his vehicle. Safety cones were also in place.

McDonald was struck by Cleveland City Commissioner Charles McKenzie, 66.

McKenzie was cited for failure to use due care and an insurance violation.

Deputy McDonald was released from the hospital early Friday morning.


PREVIOUS STORY: A Bradley County Sheriff's deputy was hit Thursday night by a vehicle driven by a Cleveland city commissioner. 

It happened on Urbane Road in Cleveland around 9:30 p.m.

A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office says the deputy was directing traffic in the 400 block when he was hit by District 1 Commissioner Charlie McKenzie.

The deputy is being assessed at a hospital. His condition is unknown.

Officials have not said who is at fault or if any charges have or will be filed.

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