A car driven by an Ocean Springs man inexplicably swerved off Interstate 10 and hit a parked patrol car Friday morning, injuring a Harrison County deputy.
Biloxi police officer John Doucet said a silver Chevrolet Equinox driven by Ronald Cameron, 66, was westbound in the middle lane of 1-10 when he veered off the road and hit a 2014 Ford Taurus patrol car that was sitting in the right breakdown lane under the Shorecrest overpass.
The cruiser was spun around and both vehicles ended up in the middle of I-10 but were not hit by other cars.
Doucet said police haven't figured out why Cameron suddenly swerved. The officer said there was no sign of alcohol but there was coffee "spilled all over the inside of the car." He said Cameron didn't seem to be experiencing medical problems when the crash occurred. It was not raining at the time but the road was slightly wet, Doucet said.
Cameron was taken to Garden Park Hospital. The deputy, Christopher Sexton, also was taken to the hospital.
Doucet said Sexton was on the side of the interstate using a car-tag reader, which scans tags and sends the information to the National Crime Information Center computer to check for stolen vehicles and people wanted by the authorities.
The crash was just hours after a Gulfport police officer was injured in a crash involving a parked police car a little farther west on I-10.