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Mobile County sheriff hits horse in road in Wilcox County

MOBILE (AP) — Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran's wife was slightly injured and his car totaled when it struck a horse on a highway in Wilcox County shortly before midnight Saturday as the sheriff drove home from the Alabama football game, authorities said.

Cochran's wife, Sabrina Cochran, 44, was treated for an eye injury at a hospital and later released, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jerry Taylor said.

State troopers said the sheriff was driving on Alabama 25, about 25 miles west of Camden, when he came over a hill and hit a horse standing in the road around 11:44 p.m. Saturday.

The Cochrans were wearing seat belts, Taylor said.

"The use of the seat belts saved us from very serious injuries, and I urge all motorists in Mobile County to wear them each time they ride in a vehicle," Cochran, 53, said in a statement.

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