Police officers often spend more time driving than doing any other task. Unfortunately, this gets only a small amount of time at basic academy training. It also rarely comes around during on the job training. Highway patrol officers and state police officers tend to get excellent training. When it comes to fatalities, of 134 line-of-duty deaths in 2017, 35% were vehicle-related, including being struck by a vehicle. This outranks gun violence as the top cause of death among law enforcement officers. Still, police departments are reluctant to hold training courses due to their cost and the wear and tear it causes the vehicles.
News 4 Jax reports on a state trooper that was injured, and a woman arrested for DUI after a crash. A suspected DUI crash left a Florida Highway Patrol trooper recovering from his injuries. 37-year-old Shasharon Baker crashed into the back of an FHP cruiser that had its lights on.
The crash occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday night on I-95 just south of Lem Turner Road.
The impact of the accident pushed the trooper’s cruiser into the concrete median. The investigator filed a report that stated he observed vomit on Baker’s shirt and in her hair. The report also stated that the investigator also observed that Baker was asleep behind the wheel and was unaware she had crashed into a patrol car.
The trooper has already returned home after being treated for minor injuries at the hospital.
Baker has been charged with driving under the influence, property damage, and personal injury.