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An on-duty South Carolina Highway Patrol officer found himself in an unusual position Tuesday morning – on the receiving end of a speeding ticket.

John Beheler, 58, crashed his patrol car after hydroplaning on a rain-soaked Interstate 85, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. The accident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. He sustained minor injuries in the rollover. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which occurred in the southbound lanes.

"We are glad that Trooper Beheler was not seriously injured in this accident, and we believe that this shows how important wearing seatbelts are to reducing injuries and saving lives," Lt. Tony Ivey told the Spartanburg Herald Journal.

Ivey noted that Beheler was given a ticket for driving too fast for conditions, though that did not necessarily mean he was speeding per posted limits. A report from investigators is pending.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Hell tell me how much you owe and I will pay it. Cant put a price on the lives he has saved during his tenture being a trooper. Pulling people out of burning cars and out of dangerous situations
        hello
        • 2 Years Ago
        Or he could be an officer that has done nothing but write tickets! Do you know him personally?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I-85 is is treated like it's Darlington racetrack. I am glad he got the ticket. The rain we have had around here the last two days was very heavy. This cop is lucky he didn't hit and kill someone. Although, in Greenville, cops don't mind looking the other way when someone rich runs his Maserati through a man's house, killing one, and never even asked for a blood test for drugs or alcohol.
      Garry Carlson
      • 2 Years Ago
      He should have "kicked" his tires, before, taking the car out! How much tread" left on the tires? In sure he got his adrenalin rush for that day!
      • 2 Years Ago
      ******* idiots, in MOST cases, it's EMT's or Fireman who save people from wrecked cars. My niece, her husband was in a horrible accident, the SUV was hit, and flipped over, the EMT's and Fireman cut him out, not the police officers. I drive for a living, and I see cops break so many laws while driving, it's not even funny, but yet let me get caught speeing, then I have to pay a fine, and again it's illegal for courts to make money off people, it's ALL about money. This cop will have this ticket tossed out in court, with out a doubt. It's all for show.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is not news. If you are a police officer, get into an accident and deemed at fault you get a ticket, an interview from internal investigations and possibly discipline. Dispite popular opinion, police officers will get in way more trouble than the average citizen for the same infraction.
        • 2 Years Ago
        This is a BIG FILTHY LIE! If a PIG can get away with killing an innocent civilian or using his tazer for no good reason then he can get away with ANYTHING any intelligence person knows that.
          larry
          • 2 Years Ago
          Where do you get your facts from. And a pig is a 4 legged animal that has nothing to do with this,unless you consider pigs falling out of a trailer at 70 MPH down the interestate . So I have seen pigs fly also. Not to far but were air born for a few seconds. Have seen this happen twice in 25 years of commericll driving.
        Kriegar1
        • 2 Years Ago
        "Dispite" (sic) your contentions, most of us are well aware that the opposite is usally the truth-but then, it isn't about what's true, right? It's what you can prove in court-if it ever gets that far.
      chucki42
      • 2 Years Ago
      i like the wasting of finite resources one.
      • 2 Years Ago
      @comtac, would you like to be fired for goofing off at work? And don't say you NEVER have. AND are aware that vehicles can hydroplane at any speed over 35MPH? What was the road like he was on? Were there ruts worn in the pavement that puddled water that caused this? Too many factors for a stupid statement like yours. AND your excuse for not becoming a police officer is lame as well. No officer is perfect and neither is anyone else in the world. There are more good officers than there are bad. It's just the media doesn't like the police and will take every opportunity to make US look bad. Bet some of your Army MP buddies could rat you out on things you did that weren't "perfect" too....... Have a nice day.
        Kriegar1
        • 2 Years Ago
        Whatsa matta? Have a bad day? As an policemen would tell you, driving too fast for conditions is hardly "goofing off at work". In fact, it is putting the health, welfare, and safety of the general public at risk without reason. That's what a cop would say to Joe Citizen-but I forget, you all seem to think you're above the rules, and make lame statements just such as this. Yeah-perhaps you CAN hydroplane at "35 m.p.h", but we both know he wasn't, and he didn't. And even further still, you'd have to be a piss poor driver to roll your car over on a four lane highway, at "35 m.p.h.". In any event, perhaps you should recall your comment, the next time you're harassing some truck driver, who makes his living at driving well, when you guys could be desk jockeys if you weren't driving. Food for thought, my "friend".
        Kriegar1
        • 2 Years Ago
        And nice whining, btw, with all your "the media doesn't like the police" wah wah wah. stfu.
      Wes
      • 2 Years Ago
      If he was not driving over the speed limit he should not have received a ticket.
        streetlaw1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wes
        Wes; Too fast for conditions is not related to a speed limit but related to the common-sense of the average person. In rain, you do not have traction necessarily at the posted speed limit. Thus, while you are not speeding, you are travelling faster than road/driving conditions warrant. It is the correct charge.
          Kriegar1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @streetlaw1
          At the very least, to be sure.
        steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wes
        Speed For Conditions, also known as the Basic Speed Law is in every Vehicle Code in the country under one name or another.
          larry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @steve
          It is nationall known as >>>>>>> COMMON SENSE<<<<<<< !!!!
        larry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wes
        Go drive 65 MPH next time it snows then.
        gailneuman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wes
        He got the ticket because he wasn't wearing his seat belt as required by everyone in a car
          Dennis M.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gailneuman
          In Virginia, only the front seat passengers are required to be strapped in, unless they under 14.
          Kriegar1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gailneuman
          If you would have understood what you read, he was. And most policemen that I know of are not required by law to do so.
        Kriegar1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wes
        He very obviously was exceeding the speed limit, as driving too fast for road conditions is. If he were not, he would not have lost control of the pursuit vehicle that he was driving, and not only crashed, but rolled it completely over to boot!
      cicorio
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems like this pig needed his free coffee and donuts in a hurry.
        uzygoldhamer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cicorio
        I am 76 year (young) driving since 1955, and received one tkt. for speeding (63 mph in a 55 zone). I respected the officer and paid the fine. Yes, like in any society their are bad apples. A good example is the Knapp commission in NYC in the late1960-70. 99% of police officers are great assets to society and do a GREAT job in protecting us. Calling them pigs shows what kind of person YOU are.
      hogrags
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are pigs or at least a wolf with his ears pin back,It's good to see one get a ticket and to know they are not above the law!
      Kelli Brewer
      • 2 Years Ago
      yep crooked corrupt cops & huge hypocrites too. I have seen a cop put on his flashers just to run the red light & then shut them off & continue like normal. WHAT A HYPOCRITE!!! I have seen a cop smoking marijuana & then arrest someone who is selling it. Cops think they are above the law & do not have to follow the rules but look out when someone is not obeying the laws, they are there to show their power of authority.
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kelli Brewer
        I know, Kelli. And you were the victim of the terrible abuse of one of these crooked corupt cops and huge hypocrites weren't you. Poor little baby.
      sharpasahmarble
      • 2 Years Ago
      How stupid is this article.
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