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Off-duty Columbia police officer survives being pinned inside SUV in creek

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CULLEOKA, TN (WSMV) -

A Columbia police officer was off-duty when he found himself dealing with his own emergency and ended up in a creek in Culleoka on Thursday.

Rick Miller, a lieutenant with the Columbia Police Department, survived being pinned upside down in the water in his SUV.

"Several people showed up quickly, thank God, and they helped me get out the back window there," he said.

It started with a recipe for disaster: a curvy road, a heavy rain and an unexpected animal.

"It come out of nowhere. It was either a deer or a big dog," Miller said.

He says he overcorrected and that's when the wild ride began.

"I know exactly what I did. You can tell by the trail. I come off the road, and then I flipped, I think twice, and then I went end over end, and that's how I ended here."

Tim Kennedy, a Spring Hill officer who was off-duty, worked with Stephan Maupin to get the lieutenant out just in time.

Normally, it's Miller's job to protect and serve, but it was someone else's turn this time.

"Thank God they were here to help me, I guess," he said.

Maury County officials say even though water was high in a few creeks at one point on Thursday they didn't have a spike in crashes or significant flooding.

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