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Driver hits Pine County squad car, injures deputy

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The patrol car rear-ended by a motorist. Pine County Sheriff's Office photo

A Pine County Sheriff's deputy was injured when the driver of a pickup truck struck the back of his squad car early Tuesday morning.

According to the Pine County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Boston Gilderman was driving his squad car south on Main Street in Pine City when a pickup driven by a Pine City man "rear ended the squad at a high rate of speed."

The Sheriff's Office notes the man driving the pickup "was suspected to be under the influence" and the State Patrol said alcohol was involved in the crash.

The News Tribune generally does not identify suspects until they have been formally charged with a crime.

The squad car was pushed off Main Street and onto the property of a nearby church. Both Gilderman and the man driving the pickup were injured in the crash, but still managed to exit their vehicles, the Sheriff's Office said.

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The man driving the truck "was combative and had to be restrained by additional officers who responded," the Sheriff's Office said.

Gilderman was treated and released from Firstlight Health System in Mora while the man was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The State Patrol lists both men as having non-life-threatening injuries.

The State Patrol is investigating the crash.

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