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Deputy wreck: Deputy, officer stable

A Columbus police sergeant was sent to The Medical Center after a Tuesday afternoon wreck involving a Muscogee County Sheriff’s deputy.

Sgt. Garry Wisham, 53, was on a 2009 Cannondale bicycle at Veterans and Ninth Street around 4:45 p.m. when Deputy Linda Warren, who was driving east on Ninth, collided with a 40-year-old Phenix City woman in a Dodge Magnum that was going north on Veterans, police said.

Warren, 58, was leaving work in a marked sheriff’s car when the wreck occurred, Sheriff John Darr said. Warren told officers that she had a green light when she was crossing Veterans on Ninth. The Magnum driver, however, said Warren disregarded the red light and collided with her bumper, reports state.

Colliding at the southeast corner of Veterans and Ninth, Warren’s vehicle began moving north across Ninth toward Wisham, police said. When Wisham saw Warren’s vehicle coming toward him, he got on the sidewalk to avoid it, said Columbus Police Maj. Julius Graham.

“And that’s when the vehicle pinned him,” Graham said. “... He ended up between the car and the building.”

Two witnesses told police that Warren had a red light when she entered the intersection. A third witness, however, said Warren’s light was green.Wisham and Warren were taken to The Medical Center. Warren was in stable condition Tuesday night. A woman who answered the phone in Wisham’s room Wednesday morning said he wasn’t feeling well. Graham said he was in satisfactory condition.

Wisham, a command sergeant in Property and Evidence, has been with the police for more than 25 years.

Columbus police are investigating the wreck, Darr said. He added that he’ll wait for the investigation’s results before taking any potential action.

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