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Waverly officer returns to work after head-on crash

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

The officer hit head-on in a head-on crash last week is back on the job.

Officer Dave Lindley was behind the wheel when his patrol car was hit head-on at a Waverly intersection.

Lindley wasn't seriously hurt in the crash - but his patrol car was totaled.

Officer Dave Lindley is back on the overnight shift at the Waverly Police Department after an extended weekend.

That included 7 hours in the hospital Thursday and another trip back to the doctor Monday.

But he says he feels just fine and is ready to get back behind the wheel in his patrol car.

Officer Dave Lindley was behind the wheel - helpless when an oncoming car hit him head-on.

It was all captured in his patrol car's on-board dash-cam.

"I realized it was coming toward me so I had very little time to react or think about what was to happen. I can remember the noise of it...I'm not sure after that," said Lindley.

After a few seconds, he called for an ambulance.

He and the other driver were taken to the hospital.

He was treated for a cut on the back of the head, on the shins and a concussion.

"I'm very blessed. I thank God I'm alive and can return to work and make a living," said Lindley.

Lindley says while the physical effects of this crash are minimal, it will reinforce his attentiveness to traffic enforcement.

"I'm not going to change how I do things. If anything to me, it drives home the importance of traffic enforcement and how important it is to keep things safe for the community," said Lindley.

Lindley says he's now a big believer in the safety of the patrol car - the 2011 Ford Crown Victoria.

His car had only been in service about a month before the crash.

The other driver, 28-year-old Jeffrey Brymer of Nashua, received non-life threatening injuries in the crash.

The Bremer County Sheriff's Office is investigating it.

Charges are pending.

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