GROTON, NY – A Groton police officer was issued a ticket for his part in a collision that left another person injured and a police patrol car severely damaged in late February.

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The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday that they had completed their investigation into the incident.

At about 3 p. m. on Sunday, February 28, Groton police officer Jon P. Shingledecker was  driving down Route 222 in Groton, responding to an emergency call when he struck the rear end of a vehicle that was turning onto Williams Street.

The collision sent Shingledecker’s car careening into a utility pole. The officer was uninjured.

The driver of the other vehicle, Ventura Atkinson of Groton, was transported to Cayuga Medical Center after the accident, where he was treated for a non-life threatening injury.

The Sheriff’s Office issued Shingledecker a ticket for operating a motor vehicle at speeds not reasonable and prudent for the conditions.

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Michael Smith

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