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Undercover Officer Crashes into Hermiston Man

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PASCO, Wash. --An undercover Benton County Sheriff's Deputy crashes into a car and today the driver of the other car says, he is still waiting to be paid for the damages.

Roy Springer says he has no problem with the undercover deputy who hit him, or the Pasco officer who investigated the accident. He says all he wants is to be paid for the damage done to his car.

On December 14th, Springer was heading south on North 4th Avenue in Pasco, when his car was hit by a Blue Dodge Durango, heading west.

Springer and the undercover officer were able to walk away from the scene, with Springer suffering some fractured ribs and cuts to his head.

 Leaders at the Benton County Sheriff's Office soon said their deputy was at fault in the accident but Springer says it took two and a half weeks  before he was contacted by the Benton County Personnel Risk Department. 

     Benton County Risk Manager Melina Wenner says the fact that the county is largely self-insured and that they have to carefully analyze each situation because they are using taxpayer money.

After claim paperwork was filled out, the actual claim for damages was registered on January 24th, more than a month after the accident. Wenner says the county has 60 days after the claim is filed to make a decision. Springer says he just wants an end to the situation.

The county does pay into a 28-county pool where if an incident goes over $100,000 dollars, the money is paid from that fund. 


   This pool can dole out up to $25 million to the county.

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