Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Officer Avoids Wreck with Man Charged with DUI

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Officer Avoids Wreck with Man Charged with DUI

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A 23-year-old Southside man was arrested early Sunday on charges of driving under the influence, driving on the wrong side of the road, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and failure to obey traffic signals after a police cruiser swerved to avoid a speeding car in the wrong lane of the 4800 block of Greenland Road, police said.

The officer was headed west on Greenland Road at 3 a.m. when he saw a blue Toyota headed at him in the same lane and swerved to avoid an impact, police said. By the time the officer turned around, the Toyota had crossed over all lanes and hit a center median at a speed of 50-60 mph.

The officer switched on his lights to stop the driver as the car approached Mandarin High School; the driver stopped briefly before driving eastward. A blast from the officer's siren finally halted the Toyota around Woodland Pine Road. The driver was arrested after taking a field sobriety test.

Dan Scanlan

Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin area, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

- A 34-year-old Mandarin man was arrested early Sunday on a charge of burglary after an intruder was found in a home in the 11000 block of Sedgemore Drive East, police said. The victim told officers someone was pounding on the doors and windows around 3:40 a.m. Officers found the rear screen door slashed and inside handle broken, and a man exited the front door claiming he was looking for his wife. The man was arrested at the scene.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT:

Apartment at 3960 Old Sunbeam Road - A man held a hammer over a 28-year-old woman during an argument around 3 p.m. Monday.

DATING VIOLENCE:

11000 block of Old St. Augustine Road - A 29-year-old Orange Park man was arrested at 9:46 p.m. Sunday on a charge of dating violence after a 31-year-old woman was hit, her hair was pulled and she was shoved to the ground, police said. …

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