MADISON — A domestic violence investigator for the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office was involved in a motor vehicle crash Tuesday morning that extensively damaged a county police cruiser, according to the sheriff’s office.

Mike Pike, the county’s lead domestic violence investigator, “had diverted his eyes from the road for a minute to adjust the radio” when he lost control and struck a telephone pole on East Madison Road at around 5 a.m., according to Chief Deputy James Ross of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

The cruiser, a 2009 Chevrolet Impala, was extensively damaged, but Pike was not injured, Ross said. “Fortunately he’s OK, though there is extensive damage to the car,” he said.

The vehicle is owned by the district attorney’s office, not the sheriff’s office, Ross said.

Somerset County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Pike called her shortly after the accident and was taken to a local hospital to be treated for cuts. Pike was on his way to the gym and then was to head into the DA’s office.

The Impala was likely damaged enough that it’s not worth repairing, Maloney said.

Speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash, Ross said, calling it “just a very unfortunate incident.”

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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