Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 10 years
Badge # 125
Cause: Vehicular assault
Incident Date: 12/10/2006
Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Offender: Charged with vehicular homicide
Sergeant Michael Larson was killed in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver while responding to backup deputies shortly before midnight.
The drunk driver had lost control of his vehicle and crashed on Highway 280 near Highway 204. The driver then left the vehicle in the travel lane without lights on and did not report the incident.
Sergeant Larson encountered the vehicle as he responded to another incident. His patrol car sideswiped the vehicle in the lane and then struck several trees.
The drunk driver was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana, failure to maintain a lane, and first degree vehicular homicide. On November 4, 2008, he was convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to 10 years probation and 2.5 years in a probation detention center.
Sergeant Larson was a US Army veteran. He had served with the Bryan County Sheriff's Office for 7 years and had previously served with another agency for 3 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.