Deputy hurt in rollover crash |

Deputy hurt in rollover crash

William Ferchland
Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Firefighters respond to a single-vehicle crash on Saturday in which a sheriff's deputy flipped his SUV.

An El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy was taken by helicopter to Washoe Medical Center because of head injuries suffered when his patrol vehicle hit a guardrail and flipped on its side in a one-vehicle accident Saturday night.

Aaron Cuddeback, a 26-year-old who has been with the department for less than a year, was home Monday on medical leave “licking his wounds,” said Lt. Les Lovell.

Citing either mechanical failure on the marked Ford Expedition or driver error, Lovell said Cuddeback was traveling eastbound on Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Tahoe Mountain Drive on routine patrol when he hit a guardrail, flipping the car on its driver’s side.

Cuddeback was unconscious after the crash but became semiconscious shortly after medical personnel arrived at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt and had to be extricated by Lake Valley Fire Protection District firefighters. No one else was in the vehicle.

Lovell said the vehicle is totaled. The Expedition was midway through its 90,000 mile lifetime with the department.

Officer Steve Gwaltney of the California Highway Patrol had few words on the ongoing investigation.

The Expedition was at a highway patrol garage and will be inspected.

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