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Police vehicle broadsided in Pratt accident

Gale Rose
A Pratt Police 2019 Ford Explorer, driven by 29-year-old Officer Rebecca Slief, sits at the intersection of First and Jackson after it was broadsided by a 2014 Ford Focus, driven by 16-year-old Crystal James, at the intersection.

A two-vehicle accident involving a police vehicle took place at First and Jackson streets May 1 in Pratt.

Pratt Police Patrol Officer Rebecca Slief, 29 of Pratt, was westbound on West First Street in a 2019 Ford Explorer police vehicle when the unit was broadsided in the intersection by a northbound 2014 Ford Focus driven by 16-year-old Crystal James, also of Pratt, said Pratt County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Kiley.

The accident caused damage to the front of the Focus and to the drivers side front fender of the patrol car.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident that was reported at 11:22 a.m. Both drivers refused transport to Pratt Regional Medical Center. Slief later sought medical attention for an accident-related injury, however.

Kiley said traffic waiting for the stop light at First and Main was blocking James' view when she proceeded into the intersection, and hit the police vehicle.

Traffic was stopped on First Street while the vehicles were removed from the scene.