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Gainesville Police officer injured in wreck
Cause may be 'vehicle malfunction'
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A Gainesville Police officer suffered minor injuries after a Sunday morning single-vehicle wreck near Jesse Jewell and E.E. Butler parkways.

The officer, whose name hasn’t yet been released, was driving his patrol car west on Jesse Jewell Parkway/Ga. 369.

Traveling just west of Race Street, “for unknown reasons, (the vehicle) traveled from the right lane onto the median,” hitting a utility pole with its right front bumper, said Jonathan Munger of the Georgia State Patrol.

The vehicle then rotated counterclockwise, ending up in Ga. 369's eastbound lanes, Munger said.

The officer was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

A motorist following the officer saw the wreck happen. She said they were traveling about the same speed — 45 mph —  when the officer “suddenly made a hard left-hand turn and struck the power pole,” Munger said.

“It is possible there was a vehicle malfunction that could have caused this,” he said. “The investigation is still being conducted on that, and I’m sure that Gainesville Police will look further into that.”

Gainesville Police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Holbrook confirmed police also would investigate.

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