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Officer hurt when car hydroplanes

A Thomson police officer is recuperating following a wreck that totaled his police cruiser on Christmas morning, Friday, Dec. 25.

Officer Clay Hammond received a cut to his head that required several staples as a result of the wreck that occurred about 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of North Lee and Main streets.

Officer Hammond, who had just completed a special detail at Walmart in Thomson and was returning the car to the police substation, hit a puddle of water, hydroplaned and slammed into a utility pole, Thomson Police Chief John Hathaway said.

Officer Hammond has been on the police force for a few months.

He was treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the Thomson Fire Department.

He later was taken by ambulance to Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta where he was treated and later released.

"He got bummed up pretty good," Chief Hathaway said. "We're all just glad it wasn't any more serious than it was."

The wreck remains under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.

(WTHO News Director Donna Branch contributed to this story.)

Web posted on Thursday, December 31, 2009

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