A Lincoln County sheriffs deputy was injured early Wednesday after authorities said he lost control of his vehicle while responding to an emergency call and struck a pole.
Authorities said it was raining at the time of the wreck, and they believe the deputy hit a pool of water and hydroplaned.
Deputy James Owens was taken to the hospital and treated for cuts to his head, the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office said in a news release.
The sheriffs office said Owens was driving on Reepsville Road in Lincolnton just after midnight to respond to a reported break-in at the Hamptons BP. Authorities said he was running his emergency lights and siren at the time.
Authorities say after hydroplaning, Owens ran off the road and struck a utility pole, splitting the pole. They said the patrol car is believed to be a total loss.