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Reporter accused of DUI after accident injures police officer

A 26-year-old man reporter with the Pensacola News Journal has been arrested after a car accident with a Pensacola police officer. He's facing misdemeanor DUI charges. The crash happened on January 7. The reporter has been suspended from the paper while the case is investigated.

The police officer suffered injuries to her legs, back and face in the accident. The reporter had injuries to his face. He was treated at a hospital and released.

The accident happened around 2.00 a.m. The officer had been called to the area due to a disturbance. Reports did not indicate that this disturbance had anything to do with the driver of the car that struck the officer. Another officer then responded to the crash site and said that alcohol could be smelled on the man's breath. That officer also said that the reporter had bloodshot eyes.

Police reportedly found alcohol spilled all over the dashboard and the floor of the man's car as well as multiple empty bottles in the vehicle. The man said he could not remember the crash. At first, police say that he wouldn't even identify himself. He is also accused of refusing a blood alcohol test. Under Florida law, that means his license will be suspended.

Drunk drivers are involved in accidents that result in injuries every two minutes, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. If this happens to you, the result could be significant medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages while you recover. It's critical that you know what rights you have to seek compensation to help cover these costs and other damages.

Source: Pensacola News Journal, "PPD officer injured in car crash," Jan. 20, 2017

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