Wakulla County Deputy Hospitalized in Serious Condition After Crash

Car Crash
Posted at 12:11 PM, Mar 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 10:28:30-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Troopers say that a Wakulla County Sheriff's deputy is in serious condition after a driver failed to yield the right of way. 

The Florida Highway Patrol said that on Thursday around 7:10 a.m. Joshua Brownell, 29, was driving east on C.R. 61. 

A marked Wakulla County Sheriff's Department patrol car, driven by Michael Alexander, was also driving the same way. Jeremy Johnston was also riding in the patrol car.

Troopers say that deputies were responding to a domestic disturbance call and had their emergency lights and siren activated.

FHP said the patrol car had entered into the westbound lane in an attempt to pass Brownell. 

At the same time, Brownell slid over to the left lane in an attempt to make a left turn into a parking lot, causing the cars to collide.

After the crash, the deputies' patrol cars rotated clockwise and overturned onto the shoulder of the road.

FHP said that the passenger of the patrol car, Lt. Johnston, was temporarily entrapped in the car but was freed by the Wakulla County Fire Department and EMS. 

Brownell was uninjured while Alexander sustained minor injuries. Lt. Johnston is being treated for injuries sustained in the arm. 

Lt. Johnston was transported to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for serious injuries. Brownell is being charged with failure to yield right of way to oncoming traffic.