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Caught on cam: Texting driver flips car

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Posted at 10:16 AM, Jan 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-14 10:16:32-05

Police in Fort Myers, Florida have posted a dash-cam video to their YouTube page to serve as a reminder of the dangers of texting while driving.

The video, captured on January 4th around 1:15 a.m., shows a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am driving directly in front of Officer Ivan Moorer’s patrol vehicle, swerving and slowing for no apparent reason.

The officer followed the vehicle until it turned onto another road. The car then abruptly accelerated, drove up onto the sidewalk and struck a guardrail, bus stop sign, and tree before flipping over.

The driver, 23-year-old Michael James Woody Jr., was able to crawl out of the vehicle uninjured. He told police that he was texting and took his eyes off the road.

He was cited for careless driving and texting while driving.