JPD officer released from B’ham hospital
by Elane Jones
Feb 01, 2013 | 3310 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woman also injured is treated and released, husband undergoes surgery

The shift supervisor with the Jasper Police Department who was injured Wednesday afternoon in a head-on collision while responding to an emergency call was released from the hospital late Thursday afternoon.

Jasper Police Chief Connie Rowe said Lt. Justin Tidwell was released from UAB Hospital after being kept overnight for observation.

“He was pretty banged up and had to have several stitches, but was going to be OK,” Rowe said. “The other two people who were injured in the accident were initially identified as two females, but they were, in fact, an elderly couple from Jasper.”

Family members identified the couple as Guy and Irene Robbins of Jasper. Rowe said the female was also released from the hospital on Thursday, but her husband remained hospitalized after undergoing surgery for an injury to his right foot.

“I went to UAB Hospital today and visited with Lt. Tidwell and his family as well as Mrs. Robbins and her family,” Rowe said. “We are so very fortunate, while all three were injured, that the injuries were not any more serious.”

The accident occurred around 2 p.m. on Viking Drive in Jasper, between T.R. Simmons Elementary School and Indiana Avenue.

Tidwell was responding to an emergency call regarding an alleged gunman at a medical office in Jasper when his patrol car collided with the elderly couple’s vehicle. Rowe said the Jasper Police Department is still investigating the call regarding the alleged gunman.