Photo via Twitter / Charlotte County Sheriff's Office

Deputy car smashed in Charlotte County crash

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. A Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputy patrol vehicle was destroyed in a crash Saturday afternoon on Wilmington Boulevard, according to the sheriff’s office.

The crash happened around 12:29 p.m. at the intersection of Wilmington Boulevard and Claremont Drive, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The patrol car was traveling northbound on Claremont Drive approaching the intersection, but did not come to a complete stop at the stop sign and collided with the left side of a 2009 Volkswagon Routan, State troopers said.

Brett Armstead, 41, of Port Charlotte, was driving the patrol car and cited with violation of right of way at a stop sign, according to State troopers.

The sheriff’s Office posted this photo to Twitter to raise awareness of wearing a seat belt while driving.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and are expected to be alright.

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