(07/20/12) - A man has been criminally charged for his role in the car crash that injured a Michigan State Police trooper.
The accident happened on northbound I-75, just north of the Zilwaukee Bridge in Saginaw County, on May 22.
The state police vehicle was hit from behind by an SUV after the trooper pulled over to help a disabled semi-truck.
The man who police say caused the accident is actually a retired Michigan State trooper.
Police say it was 60-year-old Patrick Sharkey who was driving an SUV, coming up off a ramp onto I-75 when it slammed into a Michigan State Police car. The female trooper inside was pinned in the car and badly hurt.
Sharkey retired from the Michigan State Police in 2010. He plead no contest to an assault charge after he spanked an 8-year-old boy with a belt. The boy's mother had called 911, saying her child was out of control.
Sharkey himself was hurt in 2008 when the state police car he was driving was involved in a crash. Now, he's charged with causing serious injury in this crash, and failing to use due care when passing an emergency vehicle. And there's this - the trooper who was injured used to work with Sharkey at the Caro State Police Post.
"It's such a bizarre turn of events when you hear that," said Lt. Amado Arceo of the Michigan State Police.
Arceo says the injured trooper is still not back to work. "She still has some recovery time to go through."
Sharkey was also charged because a gun was found in his SUV.
"Anytime a police officer retires, then the police officer becomes a civilian and yes we have to go through the steps of obtaining a concealed pistol permit, or the pistol permit, and the concealed license, the CPL," Arceo said.
Sharkey was released on bond. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
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