Florida deputy involved in crash, cited for not stopping at red light


A deputy with Florida’s Escambia County Sheriff’s Office was cited early Saturday morning for failing to stop at a red light.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, Deputy Benjamin Dunlap was driving an unmarked patrol car heading south on Pace Blvd approaching Fairfield Drive responding to a disturbance call.  At the same time, Dinorah Diaz Martinez, 20-years old, was driving east on Fairfield Drive in her 2007 Nissan Murano. Deputy Dunlap had a red light while Martinez had a green. Both vehicles entered the intersection when the patrol car hit the left rear of the Nissan Murano.

An accident report states, Martinez and witnesses said emergency lights or siren were not activated as the patrol vehicle entered the intersection but were activated following the accident. 

Deputy Dunlap, 41-years-old was cited for failing to stop at a steady red light. 

Florida Highway Patrol says no injuries were reported. 

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