Wichita policeman charged with felony in traffic accident

Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating

July 23, 2018 - 8:55 pm

Authorities say Wichita Police Officer Samuel Dugo has been charged with felony aggravated battery for a two-vehicle accident while responding to a 911 call.

Police said in a news release Monday that an investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol determined Dugo was not using his emergency lights and sirens when traveling 79 m.p.h. in a posted 30 m.p.h. hour zone.

His defense attorney, Jess Hoeme, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Police say Dugo was driving the department's Chevy Tahoe while responding on March 16 to a report of a burglary in progress when he collided at an intersection with a motorist driving a Ford Ranger pickup. The motorist was ejected from his vehicle and severely injured.

Dugo has been on unpaid leave since June.

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