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Lt. Jeremy Johnston on the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for serious injuries he suffered in a car crash on Thursday morning while responding to an emergency call.
Capt. Chris Savary, the public information officer for WCSO, said that Johnston may have suffered a broken arm in the crash.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, at around 7:10 a.m., Lt. Johnston was the passenger in a marked sheriff's vehicle driven by Deputy Micheal Alexander that was eastbound on County Road 61 with lights and siren activated, responding to a domestic disturbance call. The sheriff's vehicle, a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, went to pass a 2017 Ford Focus. But rather than pull off the road to let the sheriff's vehicle pass, the Focus made a left turn into the Tahoe, which caused it to overturn on the shoulder of the road.
Johnston was temporarily trapped in the Tahoe, according to FHP, and had to be extricated by the Wakulla County Fire Department and EMS.
Johnston, 39, was transported to TMH. Alexander, 44, suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the Focus, Joshua Brownell, 29, of Crawfordville, was charged with failure to yield right of away, according to FHP.
Capt. Savary said the call the deputies were responding to was a disturbance with shots fired, though the report of shots being fired was erroneous, he said.