COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A Collier County deputy admits to keeping his eyes on his computer screen and not the road, causing a three car accident.
"There's already a lot of things going on inside the police car, with the police radio going on, the lights and sirens switch, and everything else going on around them," Lt. John Barkley with Naples Police tells WINK News.
Plus, law enforcement has to watch out for traffic violators at the same time.
A deputy with the Collier Sheriff's Office was responding to a violation on Livingston Road, just north of Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, when a distraction led him to plow into another car.
The deputy admitted to watching his computer screen while driving 40 miles per hour, not focused on the road. He hit another deputy car, which in turn, hit the car pulled over.
Barkley says in training, police officers are discouraged form using the computer while driving. "If it's something extensive they have to look at the computer, we encourage them to pull the car over, and do it that way."
Deputies receive similar training. The Sheriff's Office tells WINK News the deputy was clearing his previous call on the computer.
The total damages from the accident totaled over $20,000. No injuries were reported at the time of the accident.
RENEE STOLL, REPORTER