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Broome County sheriff’s deputy thanks training for quick thinking that potentially saved lives

(WBNG) — Law enforcement put their lives on the line every day protecting our community, but for one Broome County sheriff’s deputy, that saying hit a little closer to home after a scary situation.

Deputy Derek Linebaugh has been with the sheriff’s office for two years, and in that time has seen his fair share of crazy situations, but a near head-on collision on Interstate 81 is enough to make anyone stop and think.

Deputy Linebaugh said he was responding to a car that hit a deer Saturday when he saw headlights pointed straight at him.

Figuring it was somebody pulled off to the side, he didn’t think much of it. That’s until the gap between them got smaller and smaller, very quickly.

Deputy Linebaugh said he had to swerve to avoid the car going the wrong way down the highway, and was eventually able to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The deputy told 12 News he was thankful for the extensive training he received.

“Part of the academy, you spend a week doing EVOC, which is the driving portion. You learn how to drive defensively, how to drive your car safely so you don’t hurt anyone or crash if you’re driving at high speeds,” he said.

The sheriff’s office said the driver of the other vehicle had a blood alcohol content of almost twice the legal limit, and was arrested and charged with DWI.

Josh Rosenblatt

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