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Takes hour to free him from cruiser

A Steuben County sheriff’s deputy was pinned in his squad car for more than an hour after he crashed into a tree late Saturday and suffered serious injuries.

The crash happened about 11:40 p.m. on Indiana 327 just north of County Road 400 South, according to the sheriff’s department. When he crashed, Deputy Adam Meeks, 34, was headed to the Story Lake area to help DeKalb County police respond to a report of an armed man threatening to shoot people at a large party, the sheriff’s department said.

While Meeks was driving south on Indiana 327 in a fully marked 2010 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser with its lights and sirens on, he crested a hill and came upon another car going the same direction that had just pulled onto the road, the sheriff’s department said.

In avoiding a collision, Meeks drove partly off the east side of the road and started to lose control. The squad car then crossed the road, went off the west side and struck the tree.

It took emergency crews more than an hour to free Meeks, a reserve with the sheriff’s department. From the crash site, he was flown by helicopter to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. His condition was not available Sunday.

The deputy suffered a head injury and injuries to his ankle and wrist. He was wearing a seat belt, and his airbag deployed. State police are investigating the crash.