Undercover deputy saves 2 from burning vehicle in Butler County

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 2:36 PM

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A Butler County Sheriff’s deputy is being credited with pulling two people from a vehicle following a Hanover Twp. crash Sunday morning.

At about 5 a.m., a call came in reporting a vehicle into a pole and engulfed in flames in front of 1590 Hamilton Richmond Road, according to the sheriff’s office. The first person on the scene was an undercover agent with the Butler County Regional Narcotics Taskforce (BURN) who pulled them from the fire.

The 2007 Volkswagon was occupied by two women who were both unconscious when the deputy got to the scene. The deputy pulled both women from the rear as the fire entered the passenger area.

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The driver, Elyse Wieneke, 23, and passenger, Hannah Mincher, 20, both from Hamilton, were taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital with minor injuries.

“It is a great day when we can save lives. These young ladies are very lucky to be here. I am proud of the deputy’s quick actions on getting them out safely. He risked his life to save theirs and it ended with everyone alive,” said Sheriff Richard Jones.

The preliminary investigation shows they were traveling south on state Route 177 and veered off the roadway, striking a utility pole. Their vehicle then flipped onto its top and caught fire.

The identity of the deputy involved will not be released due to his role on the task force.