Greene County deputy struck by driver in pursuit identified; listed in serious, but stable condition
BRIGHTON, Mo. (KY3) - A Greene County deputy is in serious condition after being struck Friday morning by a fleeing suspect vehicle on State Highway 13 near Brighton, Missouri.
Lt. Steve Westbrook, 55, of Springfield, was standing along State Highway 13 and trying to deploy a tire deflation device to stop a car involved in a pursuit when he was struck, according to a report published by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Investigators say the suspect vehicle was being chased by Greene County deputies, then hit Westbrook’s patrol car, which then struck him. The report says Lt. Westbrook was taken to Cox South hospital with serious injuries.
Westbrook, a 24-year-veteran of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, is listed in serious, but stable condition.
According to Jason Winston, a spokesperson from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect veered off of the road and struck Lt. Westbrook “in what appears to be a deliberate act.”
The pursuit stems from an investigation Friday morning in Springfield, during which Greene County deputies responded to a home in the 1200 block of State Highway WW in Springfield over a domestic disturbance.
While investigating, the suspect drove back by the victims house and deputies attempted to stop the car. The suspect failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.
The sheriff’s office learned that the suspect was also possibly wanted for a probation violation.
The pursuit began northbound on State Highway 13 into Polk County. Deputies received assistance from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Pleasant Hope Police and the Polk County Sherif’s Office.
The pursuit continued north to just south of Bolivar. The suspect then turned around and proceeded southbound on South Highway 13. A deputy then attempted to deploy stop sticks, then was struck.
The deputy was sent to the hospital after immediate aide, while authorities immediately took multiple suspects into custody.
Sheriff Jim Arnott states “I would ask the community to please keep our Deputy and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We are working closely with Polk County Sheriff Morrison and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate this incident. I want to also thank my Deputies for their professionalism and dedication as we investigate this horrible assault.”
Greene County Detectives, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigated the scene for several hours Friday afternoon.
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