Deputy recovering after accident

A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering after his car was hit from behind during a traffic stop.

Twenty seven year old deputy David Schmidt was on the side of U.S. Highway 24 in Perry just before 1 a.m.

Sheriff Jeff Herrig said Schmidt had just arrested a Colorado man and placed him in the patrol car when the accident happened.

Fifty seven year old Everett Newton was lost and looking for the interstate when he saw the patrol lights and decided to stop and get direction when he hit the patrol car.

Schmidt was taken to a Topeka hospital and released after being treated for back pain.

No one else was injured.

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