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Sheriff's sergeant crashes en route to call

A Multnomah County patrol sergeant is still in the hospital following a crash Friday, May 25, on his way to a call.

Sheriff's Lt. Steve Alexander said Tuesday morning that Sgt. Todd Brightbill, a 10-year veteran with the sheriff's office, is still in the hospital recovering from injuries he received when his patrol car went off the road and hit a tree near Northeast Halsey Street and 223rd Avenue.

Brightbill was responding to a call about a fight, involving weapons, in Troutdale at 8:22 p.m. Friday, according to a press release.

He was on his way to the call, lights and sirens sounding, when the patrol vehicle spun out on the wet road, went off the road and hit a tree and a fence alongside the road, according to the release.

On Friday, rain in Fairview amounted to 0.38 inches, the National Weather Service reported.

Brightbill was able to call for assistance.

The Gresham Fire Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, and Gresham, Fairview and Troutdale police all responded. Fire crews extracted the sergeant from his car, and he was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.

The injuries are reportedly non-life- threatening.

Northeast Halsey Street, between 215th and 223rd avenues, was closed for several hours while the East County Vehicular Crimes team investigated.