by: Chris Legeros Updated:Ocean Shores, Wash. —
Rikki Meneely was driving home from her job in Ocean Shores Monday night when a Chevy Tahoe crossed the center line in front of her on Highway 109. The Tahoe totaled her Kia Sportage. Meneely was sent to the hospital, where she was treated for bumps and bruises and then released. Imagine her surprise when she found out that the Tahoe was a sheriff's patrol car.
The man driving it was Grays Harbor Sheriff's Deputy Rich Cork. He also suffered bumps and bruises and is recovering at home. Sheriff Rick Scott said, "Rich doesn't have any clear memory of what exactly happened, so we don't know if that means a possible medical event. Those are things we are hoping the investigation will explain to us." The sheriff said Deputy Cork was on a routine call, heading to a welfare check in Ocean Shores. He wasn't speeding with his lights and siren on. The sheriff said it wasn't an emergency and the deputy was driving the speed limit. The state patrol reports Deputy Cork was not wearing his seat belt.
Troopers will continue to investigate why Cork's patrol car veered into oncoming traffic.