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FHP: Officer involved crash caused by running stop sign

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Feb 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-19 13:27:02-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- We're learning more about a crash in Fort Myers on Saturday that left an officer injured and his patrol car in a shallow canal.

Troopers say the crash was caused by the officer running a stop sign.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, on Saturday around 12:50pm, officer Edgardo Ocasio was driving south in a marked patrol car on Jackson Street and approaching the two-way stop sign at Canal Street while not in emergency mode.

Troopers say Ocasio did not stop and entered the intersection as a westbound car was also entering the intersection.

The patrol car hit the side of the car as it passed, sending the car onto the shoulder.  The patrol car was redirected into the canal that parallels Canal Street.

Both drivers and a passenger in the car all sustained minor injuries and were treated at Lee Memorial.

Officer Ocasio was charged with violation of right of way.