A Jacksonville police officer attempting to catch a suspected drunk driver collided with another driver late Wednesday, causing minor injuries to the officer and possible injuries to the other motorist.
Just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, police pulled over a possibly impaired driver at Cassat and Shirley avenues and requested an officer certified to conduct impaired-driving investigations.
When that officer arrived, the suspect was asked to get out of his truck but refused and drove off, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Two patrol officers got in their cars to pursue the truck at a distance with lights and sirens activated, police said. One officer slowed at Shirley and Blanding Boulevard for a red light and entered the intersection at the same time another driver was traveling south on Blanding. The two cars collided and the suspect drove off.
The officer and other driver were taken to hospitals for treatment.
The driver struck by the police car did not violate any traffic laws, police said.
The suspected impaired driver was described as a white male in his mid-20s driving a blue pickup.
Names of the officers or the driver involved in the crash were not released by police.
It was the second police-involved crash of the day. In the early afternoon an off-duty officer driving a marked police vehicle south on Edgewood Avenue North struck a sport-utility vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light at West 12th Street. Two people in the SUV were transported to the hospital for neck pain.
Dana Treen (904) 359-4091