South Georgia driver texting, hits police car

Lauren Owens

ALBANY, Ga. - Police in Albany say a woman is charged with failure to maintain lane, texting while driving and driving without a license in an accident that left a 44-year-old police officer hospitalized. 

WALB-TV reports Officer Garnet Lincey was hit by a Nissan Pathfinder being driven by 22-year-old Lauren Owens around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Officials say Owens ran into a parked car after she hit the police cruiser. 

Police say Owens was checking her phone for a text message at the time of the accident, and Lincey has been released from the hospital.

 

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