Jones County Sheriff’s Deputy and K-9 Involved in Collision

A Jones County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle was involved in a near head-on collision Tuesday morning.

It happened just west of Wyoming on Highway 64 around 7 am. The Jones County Sheriff’s Office says a truck driven by 28-year old Ryan Leppert of Edgewood was heading east when he tried passing a semi. As he was passing, he struck an oncoming Jones County K-9 Deputy vehicle. The patrol vehicle went into the ditch, struck a culvert and came to rest on its top.

Authorities say the deputy, Derek Denniston, was able to free himself. His K-9 dog, Loki, was also in the patrol vehicle. Deputy Denniston and a bystander were able to free the K-9 from the vehicle before the fire department arrived.

Deputy Denniston suffered minor injuries and was transported to Jones Regional Medical Center by private vehicle, where he was treated and released. K-9 Loki was treated at the Anamosa Vet Clinic and also released. Both are expected to make a full recovery and return to duty.

Leppert and his three passengers were not hurt in the collision.

The Iowa State Patrol has charged Leppert with Passing Contrary to Highway Signs or Markers.


(photo courtesy of Jones County Sheriff’s Office)