UHP Trooper who fell from overpass in February comes home from hospital

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Odie Myer is home from the hospital after falling from an overpass on Feb. 13.

He spent 45 days in the hospital, Utah Highway Patrol said, and expresses his gratitude for the support he has received.

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“We are excited to see him on the path to recovery and are thankful for his strength and dedication to his community,” UHP said in a social media post.

Myer was injured in February while assisting the Salt Lake City Police Department in stopping a suspect who fled a drug investigation. As he was deploying a spike strip to deflate the suspect’s tires, he reportedly fell from an overpass near 7200 West near I-80 onto a dirt road below. A DPS helicopter transferred Myer to a local hospital in serious condition.

Over his career, Myer has worked a range of assignments including security detail for former Gov. Mike Leavitt, traffic planning for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and Emergency Vehicle Operations instructor.

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Myer had retired from the Utah Highway Patrol in 2006 but later returned in 2010. Since his return from retirement, Myer served as UHP motors coordinator helping to direct motors enforcement and activities around Utah.

“Trooper Myer is recognized throughout the state as a leading expert in motor officer training, high-profile escorts, and motorcycle enforcement operations,” DPS said.

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