09/13/2007

Fla. K9 handler's patrol car hit, deputy injured

The Orlando Sentinel

CLERMONT, Fla. A Lake County sheriff's K-9 handler was injured in a car accident Monday en route to assist in the investigation of a bomb threat in Clermont, according to a sheriff's spokeswoman.

Deputy Devin Godwin, 33, was transported to South Lake Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released, sheriff's Sgt. Christie Mysinger said.

Godwin, who has been with the department for 13 years, was traveling on U.S. Highway 27 north of Cagans Crossing when he saw an accident. He attempted to assist and made a U-turn by swerving into the right lane and returning to the left lane, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Jorge Delahoz said.

Gregory Kingery, 44, of Sebring was driving a 2004 Chevrolet van in the left lane and struck the patrol car. The deputy did not turn on his siren but had blue emergency lights on, Delahoz said. No charges have been filed, and the crash was under investigation.

Godwin had been on his way to take his dog to the Kmart in Clermont, where a bomb threat was called in Monday afternoon. No explosives were found.

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