Authorities say alcohol may have played a role in a one-vehicle accident Saturday that has left a Delaware County deputy in serious condition.
Lance Fields, 35, of Grove, is in a medically induced coma, after suffering a broken back and neck, according to Delaware County Sheriff's Capt. Larry Barnett.
Highway patrol reports indicated that Fields was traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 60, just east the Wyandotte city limits, in a county-owned 1995 Chevrolet Camero.
For reasons unknown to authorities, at approximately 1:43 a.m., Fields lost control of the vehicle and struck a road sign, went off the road and rolled two times, ejecting Fields 42-feet from the vehicle.
“Fields was scheduled to be off at the time of the crash, but whether he was actually on duty is unclear,' Barnett said. “He is unable to speak with investigators.”
The highway patrol report states there was an “odor of alcoholic beverage” around Fields at the scene.
Fields works for the Delaware County's drug task force.
Blood-alcohol tests were taken, but the results could take up to five weeks to process, according to the highway patrol.