Deputy’s vehicle struck in Bartholomew County

On July 9, 2022 at approximately 3:26 a.m., Deputy Billy Bryant initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation southbound on US31 near Lowell Rd. The vehicle pulled over to the left side of the road just north of Lowell Road.

With his emergency lights activated, Deputy Bryant began to exit his patrol car when it was struck from behind by a southbound vehicle. The impact was severe enough that it caused airbag deployment on the suspect vehicle and pushed Deputy Bryant’s vehicle into the vehicle that he had originally stopped.

Deputy Bryant exited his patrol car and checked on both drivers who were the sole occupants of their respective vehicles.

Officers from the Columbus Police Department along with other Deputies arrived on the scene to assist.

Deputy Bryant was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for evaluation and was released.

Dai Von Terees Coram, 26 year old of Columbus, was the driver of the vehicle that struck Deputy Bryant’s vehicle.

Coram was arrested by Columbus Police Officers on an allegation of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated.

The Columbus Police Department is handling the Crash Investigation including the criminal investigation involving Coram and any further inquires can be addressed to CPD.

“We are all thankful that Deputy Bryant was able to walk away from this collision without serious injuries,” said Chief Deputy Chris Lane. “This is another reminder of how driving under the influence can be dangerous for all members of the community including law enforcement.”

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