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Evansville Police Officer gets an award and a suspension

Evansville Police Officer Ryan Winters Evansville Police Officer Ryan Winters
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Evansville Police Officer Ryan Winters received both an award and a suspension on Monday.

Winters was given a silver merit award for pulling a suspect out of a burning car.

The four-day suspension is related to an accident on May 10 involving a parked car.

Police say the cause of the accident was driving too fast to avoid a collision.

Since his time with EPD, Winters has been in six collisions.

Officials say he was determined to be at fault in all of those collisions.

Spokesman Sgt. Jason Cullum says that in the nature of the work they do officers are more prone to accidents, but safety is the top priority which is why Chief Billy Bolin recommended the suspension.

"It's unfortunate that we find ourselves involved in car accidents," said Cullum. "With that in mind, it's well documented that as law enforcement officers, we are at an increased risk to be in accidents for several reasons. One, is the amount of miles we put on a car during a shift. You add that up over a 25-30 year career, it's a lot. We are also asked to drive in emergency conditions."

Winters has been with the EPD for six-and-a-half years.

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