(WBIR) A 17-year-old was texting and driving when he crossed the center line and crashed into a sheriff's deputy head-on, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The teen was driving a 1996 Honda Civic westbound on Highway 39 in McMinn County Wednesday morning around 7 a.m. The teen crossed the center line while texting and crashed into Deputy Randy Gabrel's cruiser. Gabrel had slowed to almost a complete stop in an attempt to avoid the crash.
The head-on collision pushed the cruiser backward approximately seven to 10 feet.
According to the McMinn County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Gabrel suffered some broken ribs and a sprained ankle in the crash.
The teen was also taken to the hospital. No word at this time on his injuries.
The teen faces charges of due care and texting while driving.