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Sylvester police officer in good condition following wreck

Officer recovering from collison with truck Saturday

SYLVESTER — An officer from the Sylvester Police Department is recovering from a crash he was in on Saturday morning.

Pat Martin, post secretary from the Georgia State Patrol post in Thomasville, said that reports showed the accident took place at 7:10 a.m. Saturday on Albany-Sylvester Highway in Colquitt County. The vehicles involved included a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria being driven by Officer Chandler Giddes, 21, of Sylvester and a 2013 Dodge Ram being driven by Zeeshan Mohammed, 35, of Houston.

Both vehicles were reportedly traveling southbound. Mohammed had stopped to turn left into a private lot. officers said. The reports showed that, as he was looking for the correct address for a delivery destination and preparing to make the turn, two vehicles appeared from the rear — one of which was in the process of passing him. He assumed the second vehicle would do the same, Martin said.

Giddes then struck the back of the truck, Martin said after checking the report. There were no charges initially listed on the report, although there were indications that Giddes was following too closely, she said.

The reports showed, Martin said, that Giddes had been airlifted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital while Mohammed was not injured. Both were wearing their seat beats.

A spokeswoman with Tallahassee Memorial said Monday afternoon that Giddes was listed in good condition. Phone calls made to Sylvester Police Chief Wayne Jennings were not returned Monday.