MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities are investigating after a Stearns County Sheriff’s Office deputy was struck by another motorist while attempting to make a traffic stop Friday evening.

According to the sheriff’s office, the crash occurred on County Road 2 near the intersection of 11th Street Northeast in Cold Spring.

Sheriff Don Gudmundson says Sgt. Steven Noetzel was driving his marked 2017 Ford Explorer with the emergency lights activated attempting to make a U-turn to initiate a traffic stop. A 2011 Chevrolet Malibu was following the squad car and impacted the squad’s driver side front tire.

(credit: Stearns County Sheriff’s Office)

The driver of the Malibu was identified as 24-year-old Tyler Klein of Cold Spring.

(credit: Stearns County)

Both Klein and Noetzel were treated at the scene and released.

The crash is being investigated by the Minnesota State Patrol.

  1. Sheriff was in the wrong, even with your emergency lights on you do not perform a U Turn unless it is safe to do so. Clearly this car was still too close to pull off that maneuver and had no idea the intentions of the Sheriff.