Normally when we think about Saginaw car accidents, we imagine the police coming to the scene of the accident in order to provide help to the car accident victims. Yesterday morning, the police arrived at the scene of a car crash but were perhaps surprised to find one of their own already at the scene. A Jacksonville, Florida police officer was involved in a car accident Wednesday morning and when fellow officers arrived at the scene they smelled alcohol on the officer.
A 39-year-old uniformed Jacksonville police officer was on his way home from work when he got into an accident early yesterday morning at 2:00 a.m. The officer was traveling on Greenbriar Road near County Road 210 in St. Johns County when the accident happened. As the officer was driving westbound on Greenbriar Road, he turned into the eastbound lane of the road and struck an oncoming car driven by an 18-year-old male.
The 18-year-old and the 39-year-old police officer suffered minor injuries from the accident; both were taken to a nearby medical facility. As the police officer was being taken to the hospital, a state trooper accompanied him and smelled alcohol on the Jacksonville police officer’s breath. The state trooper requested a blood alcohol sample, but the officer refused. At the accident scene, no containers of alcohol were found in the car, but beer was found spilled on the floor of the officer’s patrol car.
The officer was involved in two prior car crashes. The first one occurred in 2001, and the officer received formal counseling for the accident. The second crash happened in 2004, and the officer received a written reprimand. The same officer also received two other written reprimands for two other incidents. The officer was suspended for five days in 2010 for failing to abide by the department’s drug policy.