Officer suffers minor injuries in overnight crash

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A police officer responding to a call of a wanted person on the Southside crashed about 4:30 a.m. Sunday while making a U-turn on Beach Boulevard at Gibson Road, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Police said the officer’s foot slipped off of the brake and onto the gas pedal. The vehicle then accelerated, jumping the curb where it struck the light pole on the north side of Beach Boulevard.

No other cars were involved in the crash and the officer was the only one in the vehicle.

The officer had minor injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for observation and is expected to be released soon. Crime scene units gathered evidence and JSO Traffic Homicide will conduct a follow up crash investigation.