Published: Sep 13, 2010 4:08 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 13, 2010 1:08 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy received minor injuries when his patrol car was sideswiped.

The sheriff's office reports that Deputy Paul Pantel was taken to a nearby hospital after the Saturday afternoon collision, but he was expected to recover.

Authorities say 37-year-old Betty Espinoza was changing lanes when she hit the cruiser. Neither she nor here passenger were injured.