The accident happened while Sheriff John Snaza was on an off-duty ride in Northwest Montana.
Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza suffered life-threatening injuries in an off-duty motorcycle accident in Montana, according to the sheriff’s office.
The accident happened about 6 p.m. Tuesday while Snaza was riding in Northwest Montana, the sheriff’s office says in a news release. He was airlifted to a hospital in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where he is in critical but stable condition.
Snaza has been sheriff since Jan. 1, 2011, and began a second term on Jan. 1, 2015. He has been with the sheriff’s office since 1993.
His twin brother, Rob Snaza, is Lewis County sheriff.
Undersheriff Tim Braniff will run the Thurston County department in Snaza’s absence, according to The Olympian newspaper.
“The mood is not good,” Lt. Tim Rudloff tells the newspaper. “We’re pretty devastated.”
Information in this article, originally published Aug. 24, 2016, was corrected Aug. 25, 2016. Due to incorrect information on the Thurston County Sheriff’s website, a previous version of this story incorrectly stated that John Snaza was elected sheriff on Jan. 1, 2011; that is the date his term began.