Reno Co. deputy injured after hitting three horses with patrol car while on duty


A Reno County Sheriff’s deputy was taken to the hospital Thursday night after hitting three horses with his vehicle. 

Captain Steve Lutz with the Reno County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy John Hendricks was on patrol on E. 4th Ave. at the time of the crash. Deputy Hendricks encountered three horses walking on the road in front of him and was unable to stop in time. 

He collided with the animals and struck all three of them with his vehicle. It happened about two miles east of Hutchinson around 8:00 p.m. Thursday. 

Hendricks was taken to the hospital and later released after suffering minor cuts to his face and arms.

Authorities say a veterinarian was called to examine and treat the horses. Two of the horses had multiple injures, one of which was considered critical. It is unclear if the third horse sustained any injuries. 

The deputy’s patrol car was heavily damaged in the wreck. 

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