Drunk Driver Collides with Alexandria Police Cruiser in Hit-and-Run
The day after Christmas, a police officer with the Alexandria Police Department was on duty and performing a routine patrol along King Street. The officer in question had been on duty since Christmas day, and the clock on the cruiser’s dashboard had just begun creeping towards 2:00 a.m. It was as the officer neared the intersection of King Street and Henry Street that another vehicle entered the picture. It is believed that this second driver was intoxicated and traveling above the posted limit and that they failed to operate with the caution and care appropriate to the time of day and the posted road laws.
As the two vehicles followed their individual trajectories, their paths converged at the intersection of King Street and Henry Street. The civilian driver, apparently unconcerned that they were traveling through the intersection, collided with the police cruiser. It is not clear whether or not the civilian driver was attempting to turn from one street to another, if they veered across the road and struck the police cruiser, or if they collided with the rear of the cruiser. What is known is that after the collision, according Crystal Nosal, the spokesperson for the Alexandria Police Department, the civilian driver, who was not named in the report, attempted to flee from the scene and left the injured officer behind.
A brief chase occurred with multiple other units called in to assist in the apprehension of the fleeing driver. Fortunately, they were quickly located and caught. The civilian, identified only as a 39-year-old male, was then given a field sobriety test, which he failed. Police with the Alexandria Police Department then arrested the man and brought him to the station for processing. It is not known whether or not this man is still in police custody or if he was released on bail.
The officer inside of the struck cruiser was reportedly not seriously injured as a result of the incident, however it does seem as though they suffered from some minor injuries as a result of the collision
The initial report concluded by stating that the man behind the wheel of the offending vehicle was charged with both a DWI and a hit-and-run.
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