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JSO officer cited in crash on Beach Boulevard

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Traffic on Beach Boulevard near University Boulevard came to a standstill Monday afternoon after an accident involving a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office patrol car.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident was reported around 3 p.m. and all lanes of traffic have re-opened.

Troopers said an officer was attempting to make a left-hand turn from the center median on Beach Boulevard into a parking lot.

Two cars in the eastbound lanes were stopped and allowing the officer to go, but a car in the third lane, which is a turning lane, didn't see the officer and their vehicles collided.

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Both the officer and the other driver were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Both are expected to be OK.

The officer is being held at fault, JSO Lt. Jimmy Judge said.

"We have an administrative drivers license as well, so just like everybody else in the city, we get red-light tickets, and we have to go pay it, and we get tickets if we get in a crash, and we have to pay them," Judge said. "So we only get points on our administrative license and if we get so many points we have a disciplinary scale so we use progressive discipline, so you know if you get into so many wrecks you'll wind up getting disciplined."

Judge said people being nice and letting drivers cut through traffic is nice, but drivers should just wait and to be safe rather than sorry.