Two Hurt After Crash With Charlotte County Sheriff's Cruiser

PORT CHARLOTTE - Florida Highway Patrol reported that two people were injured after a crash crash in Port Charlotte involving a marked patrol car from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office early Saturday morning.

The car accident happened as a 37-year-old woman from Miramar Florida was driving a Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle in the right lane of southbound US 41 approaching the intersection with Conway Boulevard.

Nearby the Mitsubishi SUV in the center lane and a little ahead, a marked Charlotte County Sheriff's Office patrol car driven by a 57-year-old man from Punta Gorda was also driving south approaching the intersection with Conway Boulevard.

At 1:40:00 AM the patrol car attempted to make a right turn from the center lane of US 41 across the right lane and onto Conway Boulevard.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office patrol car drove directly into the path of the Mitsubishi SUV, and the front of the SUV crashed into the right side of the patrol car.

The patrol car came to a stop on Conway Boulevard facing west and straddling the centerline.

The SUV came to a stop at the intersection of Conway Blvd., and US 41 facing south.

Both the driver of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office patrol car and the Mitsubishi Sport Utility Vehicle sustained minor injuries in the crash and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Both drivers had been wearing seat belts during the crash.

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