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A Sedona police officer fell asleep behind the wheel while nearing the end of a 12-hour shift Aug. 10 and subsequently driving over a curb on State Route 89A.

Sedona Fire District personnel transport a woman to an ambulance after a minor collision Tuesday, Aug. 28, with a Sedona Police Department vehicle. The incident occurred at the corner  of Mountain Shadows Drive and State Route 89A and, according  to police, there was no visible damage to either vehicle.  The woman complained of head and vision problems and was transported to the Sedona campus of Verde Valley Medical Center.According to Sedona Police Cmdr. Ron Wheeler, officer Tyler Langmack received no injuries as a result of the incident. No other injuries were reported. The vehicle, a 2009 Crown Victoria with estimated value of $12,678.96, is totaled and will need to be replaced, however, Wheeler said. The accident occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m.

“He was making his last neighborhood patrol of the evening, before he got off his night shift at 6 a.m. While coming up Cooks Hill on State Route 89A, he fell asleep. His vehicle hit a curb under construction. After hitting the curb the vehicle sustained some serious damage,” Wheeler said.

A second accident involving a police vehicle occurred Tuesday, Aug. 28, around noon at the corner of Mountain Shadows Drive and State Route 89A.

For the full story, see the Friday, Aug. 31, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • area49

    Hitting a curb and totally the car ??<br /><br />Well at least he had the integrity to tell the truth,<br />he could have just as easily said a coyote ran out in front of him.

  • Michael Chase

    I remember when I was younger working the night shift. It was allways right before dawn that I could hardly keep my eyes open. No worries officer,,we understand.

  • arthur godfrey

    I've lived in LA for most of my life and I can say this town does ROCK on the weekend! <br /><br />Glad this officer is alright and able to shake this off. With a few bake-sales, car washes and a bingo night at the Legion - I bet we can get that Crown Vic replaced before Thanksgiving!

  • null

    12 hour shift

  • Keith Lloyd

    Public safety officers are human beings that work long hours, and with the amount of time these people and vehicles spend on the road, there are going to be accidents. In the comment section of a lot of other news outlets (like where I currently live) readers hiding behind aliases would be saying a lot of terrible things. It's refreshing to read these kinds of comments from people, saying they understand that the officer made a mistake, and that he had the integrity to tell the truth. I think that's a reflection on your community. Another reason why I want to relocate to Sedona.

  • chiefjs

    I am a retired law enforcement officer and certainly understand how this could happen. An 8 hour midnight shifts can be brutal, especially in a one officer car. So I personally do not believe a 12 hour shift is appropriate for this type of work. <br /><br />I would rather see a 4 day on, two day off or five and three schedule.

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