Dash cam and body camera footage from soon after the incident is shining light on a wreck involving a Maryville police officer.
The wreck happened n Maryville on Saturday, March 16, around 10 a.m. According to the accident report, Maryville Police Officer Austin Green was approaching Irwin Avenue and N Everett High Road when he came to a rolling stop, ultimately hitting a car coming towards the intersection.
Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp says there’s no footage of the collision. Crisp says Green was running a plate number for a possible stolen vehicle on his mobile data terminal. The accident report says the other driver tried to avoid the wreck.
The report also says Green was taken to the hospital because he hit his head on the window and hurt his wrist. The other driver went to the hospital on their own with some shoulder and arm pain.
Crisp says he’s thankful no one was seriously injured.
When there’s a collision involving an officer, it’s protocol to call in an outside agency to investigate. In this case, it was the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
Green was given three days suspension without pay. He’s been with the Maryville Police Department for four years and prior to this, Crisp says, Green has had zero collisions.
Crisp says driving is part of the curriculum during basic police academy. On top of that, eight hours is dedicated to driving during MPD officer’s annual in-service training. Officers go over driving in adverse conditions, safety, a defensive driving course, as well as operating patrol units in a safe manner.