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Florida Police Officer Hit by Drunk Driver After Leaving DUI Patrol Briefing

February 13, 2019

ORLANDO, FL. – A Florida police officer was hit by a drunk driver after leaving a DUI patrol briefing, according to an online news story posted to A truck crashed into the officer’s police vehicle February 1 in Orlando, Florida. The officer was injured in the crash, and the driver of the truck has been charged.*

It all occurred around 9:15 p.m. on February 1 near the University of Central Florida. An unidentified Orlando police officer was traveling in the area of University Boulevard and Heather Glen Boulevard, when a truck pulled out in front of the patrol vehicle. 

The police vehicle then crashed into the truck. Ironically, the officer involved in the collision was leaving a DUI task force meeting, and the driver who hit the officer was driving under the influence.

Florida Highway Patrol reports that the officer sustained injuries in the crash. The officer’s name and current medical condition have not been released. The officer’s injuries were reportedly minor in nature, but it is not clear when the officer will be released from the hospital. 

The driver of the truck has been identified as 38-year-old Dominick Edward Mendoza (city not reported). It is not clear if Mendoza was injured in the wreck. During their investigation, Troopers developed reason to believe Mendoza was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He was arrested and has been charged with DUI.  

Florida Highway Patrol noted that the officer had just left UCF from a briefing regarding DUI saturation patrol. Troopers are still investigating the accident and have not released additional information at this time. 

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