Published: Jan 13, 2014 3:17 PM EST
Updated: Jan 13, 2014 6:51 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- A Fort Myers man was unharmed after a violent crash caused by texting and driving on Saturday, January 4, just after 1:00 a.m.

The driver, identified as 23-year-old Michael James Woody, admitted he was texting and took his eyes off the roadway, according to police.

Officer Ivan Moorer was traveling southbound on Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard, approaching Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, when he noticed unusual driving behavior of a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am directly in front of his patrol vehicle. The driver was swerving and slowing for no apparent reason.

The vehicle traveled westbound onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and abruptly accelerated across the inside lane of westbound travel, drove up onto the sidewalk and violently struck a guardrail, bus stop sign and tree before rolling over. Woody was able to climb out of the overturned vehicle and crawl to safety.

Woody was cited for careless driving and texting while driving.

“Texting and driving is a serious epidemic. We hope the in-car video in this incident is a wake-up call to those that text and drive”, said police spokesman Lieutenant Victor Medico. 

Click here to see video from the patrol car's dashboard camera: