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Man involved in crash may be retired state trooper

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(05/24/12) - It was a crash that involved a state police car and injured a state trooper.

ABC12 News has learned the person who may have caused the crash was a retired state trooper.

The accident happened Tuesday on northbound I-75 just north of the Zilwaukee Bridge.

The state police vehicle was struck from behind by an SUV after pulling over to help protect a disabled semi-truck.

Patrick Sharkey left the force after a controversial case where he was convicted of spanking a child with a belt.

The trooper was trapped inside was freed from the wreckage and she is reportedly doing OK.

The driver of the SUV, which flipped over, is out of the hospital as well.

While the state police will not confirm the identity of that driver, ABC12 News has learned from several emergency responders on the scene that it is Patrick Sharkey, a retired Michigan State Police trooper.

We interviewed Sharkey in 2008 in the hospital after he was involved in a crash while on duty in Tuscola County.

He was back in the news in 2009 when he plead no contest to an assault charge after he spanked an 8-year-old boy with a belt. It happened after the boy's mother called 911, saying her child was out of control.

Sharkey retired from the state police in 2010.

Michigan law requires drivers to move one lane away from stopped police and emergency vehicles and - if they can't - to use caution. Bay City State Police Post Commander John Card was on the scene of the Tuesday crash and talked about that law.

"We ask people to be cautious all the time. You see that red light, you are supposed to move over, in fact, we have the move over law in Michigan."

The investigation continues and the Saginaw County Prosecutor will decided if charges are issued in the accident.

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