Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Colton was taken by helicopter to a Tulsa hospital Tuesday evening after a one-vehicle crash.

Colton was eastbound on 68th just east of Brush Creek Road on his way to a call when he was distracted by his police radio and ran off the road to the right, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, which is investigating the accident.

“We had a call in to the Cushing area, west of Cushing, of suspicious activity, possibly a stalker-type case,” said Sheriff Noel Bagwell.

Colton was responding to the call when the accident occurred.

According to OHP, after his vehicle left the road to the right, Colton “overcorrected to the left, entered a broadslide, sliding off the roadway to the left striking a cluster of trees.” The car became airborne and went another 61 feet before hitting a tree, according to OHP.

No one saw the accident, Bagwell said, but people in the area heard it and went to investigate. When they saw the wrecked vehicle, they called 911, he said. Because the call came from outside city limits, it was routed to the sheriff’s department, which then notified other emergency agencies, including Stillwater Fire Department, Eagle Med and OHP.

Colton was pinned in his vehicle for about an hour before SFD personnel freed him with the Jaws of Life, according to OHP.

He was taken by helicopter to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Bagwell said.

According to OHP, Colton was in stable condition with trunk, internal and arm injuries.

“It looks like broken ribs and possibly a broken shoulder blade,” Bagwell said.

Colton was wearing a seatbelt and the vehicle’s airbags deployed, according to OHP.

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