Injured deputy faces 'extensive recovery'

She remains in the hospital but is eager to return to work, says Sheriff Darnell.

Published: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 10:52 p.m.

An Alachua County sheriff's deputy seriously injured in a head-on crash last week remains hospitalized but is already talking about returning to work, said Sheriff Sadie Darnell.

Deputy Cynthia Johnson was hurt in a crash in which a vehicle struck her patrol car on Southwest 24th Avenue at about 10 p.m. on Friday. The initial investigation indicated that the other driver could be facing charges and that drunken driving may have been a factor.

Investigators are awaiting toxicology test results regarding the other driver in the wreck, said Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Coby Fincher.

The crash crushed bones in Johnson's legs, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Darnell said Johnson faces an "extensive recovery" that likely will take at least a year.

But Johnson has already spoken about coming back to work and is "committed to DUI enforcement," according to the sheriff.

"She says she's anxious to get back as soon as possible," Darnell said.

Johnson, known as C.J. at the Sheriff's Office, has worked as a deputy for just over a year and previously was an emergency medical technician.

She was on-duty at the time of the crash and had just left the Majestic Oaks apartment complex, where she had responded to a call.

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