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Injured deputy now breathing on his own, remains in coma

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Sgt. David Chambers currently in critical condition in the intensive care unit with "massive head injuries". Sgt. David Chambers currently in critical condition in the intensive care unit with "massive head injuries".
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UPDATE:  12:40 p.m. - June 26

Three weeks after a crash in Jonesborough left off-duty Washington County Sheriff's Office Sgt. David Chambers in critical condition, he is now breathing on his own, but still remains in a coma according to WCSO Chief Deputy Patrick Littleton.

Sgt. Chambers was moved to a Bristol hospital yesterday to continue his treatment, Chief Littleton said.

As for the investigation into the crash, Tennessee Highway Patrol says there are no additional updates at this time.

"The investigation is ongoing while Sgt. Chambers remains in the hospital," THP spokesperson Dalya Qualls said.

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UPDATE:  1:30 p.m. - June 14

Although the family and friends of Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy Sgt. David Chambers received some good news earlier in the week about his chances of making a full recovery, Sgt. Chambers is still unconscious and on a ventilator, Chief Operations Officer Leighta Laitinen said.

"He's still in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit," she said.

Although doctors told Sgt. Chambers' family and friends his spinal cord injury wasn't as severe as they first thought, Laitinen says the deputy continues to deal with a very serious brain injury.

Laitinen says all of his loved ones are remaining optimistic.

"We're still very unsure of the extent of his brain injuries," Laitinen said. "Until he opens his eyes and we have some way of knowing, we don't know."

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UPDATE: 7:40 p.m. - June 11

Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff Ed Graybeal told News Channel 11 he learned today that Sgt. David Chambers will make a full recovery. Sheriff Graybeal said Sgt. Chambers is a great man and he looks forward to the day the officer will return to work.

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A fund has been set up to help with the medical expenses of a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy injured in  car crash. 

The wreck happened around 11 a.m. on Highway 11-E in Jonesborough in front of Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home.

As a result, Sgt. David Chambers was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. He is currently in critical condition in the intensive care unit with "massive head injuries."

You can donate any Bank of Tennessee.  Make your check out to"Sgt. David Chambers Fund".  You can also mail your check to   Mountain States Title Company, 801 Sunset Drive, Suite E1, Johnson City, TN 37604, c/o Lawrence Counts. 

According to THP's preliminary details of this crash, Sgt. Chambers, who was off-duty in his personal Jeep Wrangler at the time, pulled out in the path of an oncoming pick-up truck. According to THP, that truck slammed into the passenger side of the deputy's Jeep.

WCSO Chief Deputy Patrick Littleton says Sgt. Chambers suffered massive head injuries as a result of the crash. According to Chief Littleton, the deputy and member of the SWAT Team, suffered a broken neck in two places and remains unconscious at this hour.

According to THP, Sgt. Chambers was not wearing his seatbelt at the time. Investigators say his son was also in the Jeep at the time and was also taken to the hospital. He is in stable condition, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The other driver, Michael Bauer, was also injured in the crash. He too was transported to the hospital.   

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