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Crash injures Halifax County deputy, dog

A Halifax County Sheriff’s deputy and bloodhound were injured in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Charlotte County, according to state police.

First Sgt. J. N. Lane said Deputy Wallace Gray Nunn Jr., 34, of Virgilina and his K-9, “Jed,” were injured after Nunn was momentarily distracted by the dog in the back seat of the 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser. The cruiser ran off the left side of the road into the median, struck a tree and overturned.

Nunn was wearing a seatbelt, but the bloodhound was thrown from the car, state police said.

Deputy Nunn and “Jed” were on their way to Twin Lakes in Powhatan County for certification when the accident occurred, said Halifax County Sheriff’s Major T. E. Logan.

EMS personnel transported Nunn to Halifax Regional Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released, according to a hospital spokesperson. Deputy H. H. Hess transported “Jed” to the veterinarian’s office, where he is being kept for observation, Maj. Logan said.

The crash occurred at 8:30 a.m. on Highway 360, one-tenth of a mile east of Route 630.

First Sgt. Lane said investigating Trooper J. V. Bavely estimated damage to the Ford police cruiser at $10,000, a total loss.

The crash is still under investigation, but no charges have been filed at this time, Trooper Bavely reported.