Officer crashes after reading laptop in cruiser

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Highway Patrol says a Jacksonville police officer crashed into a stopped truck moments after reading her laptop in her cruiser.

A Highway Patrol spokesman said Officer Amanda Meyer struck the truck Monday morning that had stopped at a railroad crossing. The spokesman said Meyer briefly glanced at her mounted laptop before the accident.

Meyer suffered injuries to her left arm. She was taken to a hospital but was later released. The truck driver was not injured.

No charges have been filed.

A sheriff's office official said there was no written policy regarding the use of laptops by officers in transit, although officers are told during training not to read or type on their laptops while driving.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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