Deputy Joseph Williams, 33, had to be airlifted from the scene of the crash, which happened at CR 200N and Long Lake Road at about 8:10 p.m. His passenger, Deputy Brian Jones of Cromwell, was transported from the scene by ambulance.
They were called out to help a Cromwell Police officer, who requested emergency backup during a traffic stop on SR 5, near CR 125S. Williams was westbound on 200N when he lost control in a curve, and went off the south side of the roadway, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department.
The vehicle's front left corner hit a tree, then the car continued on to hit another tree head-on before coming to rest. The impact deployed both the vehicle's airbags.
Williams was reportedly able to exit the vehicle and radio for help, despite his injuries. He was flown by Samaritan Helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, where his was treated for a broken hip, a possible broken nose, and multiple lacerations to his face.
Jones was taken by ambulance to Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville, where he was treated for head lacerations and later released.
The 2003 Ford Crown Victoria police car was totaled.
Ligonier Police officers continued to the original call to assist the Cromwell Officer. The driver of the vehicle he pulled over was arrested for being an Habitual Traffic Violator and having a false and fictitious license plate, while the passenger was charged with Minor Consuming Alcohol.
The crash remains under investigation. Units responded to it from the Sheriff's Department, Albion and Crowmell Fire Departments, Albion Police Department, and Noble County EMS.
It's started to appear that a mechanical problem with the car might have had something to do with this, although it's going to take some investigation to be certain. It was a reserve car with 95,000 miles on it -- hard miles.