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State Patrol Investigates Distracted Trooper Crash

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SAUK CENTRE  (AP) – The State Patrol is investigating a crash caused by a trooper who ran a stop sign in Stearns County.

The patrol says the trooper Greg Gerhartz told investigators he had just finished a traffic stop and was entering the information into his laptop moments before the crash at an intersection in Sauk Centre Township.

His squad collided with a SUV driven by an 80-year-old Sauk Centre man. He, his 73-year-old passenger and the trooper suffered non-life threatening injuries. State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske says the Nov. 11 crash wasn’t reported until now because there were no serious injuries.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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