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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?
      Heather
      • 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!
      manxofxstealx
      • 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.
      chucki42
      • 2 Years Ago
      i like the wasting of finite resources one.
      • 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.
        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.
        hrca510
        • 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
          @hrca510
          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.
      • 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!
      ricounlimit
      • 2 Years Ago
      So who is going to pay for this fool stupidity?
      • 2 Years Ago
      He did have to explain the accident , and I'm sure the technology of his vehical recorded the accident too. He rolled over the car, and I'm sure he hated to say these words : 'I was driving too fast for conditions and rolled over this fine expensivevehical. If he told a fib, he would be in even more trouble. I lived in a small town where it was common to see the cops speed through the red lights at night on the way to the doughnut shop; I always wished they could see themselves and realize the bad impression it always made ie. the double standard.
      wallymundo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who is kidding who, the ticket will be dismissed and he will be given a new patrol car, of course at TAX PAYERS EXPENSE. In six months he will be put on disability retirement for the rest of his life plus draw 90 percent of his pay for the stress of getting a ticket. again all paid for by the TAX PAYERS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad he didn't die.
        Sean
        • 2 Years Ago
        u must be a criminal to say something like that... loser!!!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sean
          SUCK IT LOSER
          Sean
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sean
          that was for darrell55555
        tarheelunc1981
        • 2 Years Ago
        Too bad we have folks like you, then we would not need cops having to get in harms way protecting your selfish ass.
          Sean
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tarheelunc1981
          hit wrong button
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tarheelunc1981
          GOOD THING THIS LOW LIFE DIDN'T TAKE OUT SOME YOUNG MOTHER AND HER CHILDREN! PUT HIM BEHIND BARS AND THROW HIS BOYFRIEND LEE HERE IN THERE WITH HIM THEY CAN SLAM EACH OTHERS HAMS ALL DAY EVERY DAY. YAYYY LEE!!! NO IT'S TOO BAD WE HAVE ********* LIKE YOU LEE.... PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH THE GESTAPO COPS WE HAVE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT ABUSE THEIR POWER AND ACT LIKE TOTAL PIECES OF ****.. THEN WE GOT SHAVED HEAD FLAG WAVING COCK SMOKERS LIKE YOU PRAISING THEM....UNTIL THEY FIND YOUR METH LAB IN THE GARAGE AND BEAT THE **** OUT OF YOU WHILE YOU ARE HOG TIED ON THE GROUND. PEACE OUT LEE-ANNE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tarheelunc1981
          DOUCHEFAG
        streetlaw1
        • 2 Years Ago
        I congratulate you on being a fine, human being. I am grateful we do not have terminal stupidity laws that allow the selective and permanent removal of fools from our society.
        • 2 Years Ago
        And, your "other than 'human' " reasoning is?
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