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Suspected drunken driver hits Fircrest patrol car

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on May 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
May 5, 2012 7:35 pm

A suspected drunken driver rear-ended a Fircrest police car Friday night while an officer was making a traffic stop.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license and booked into Pierce County Jail, said Fircrest police Chief John Cheesman.

The driver hit the 2009 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car about 11 p.m. in the 1500 block of Regents Boulevard, causing minor damage to the car, Cheesman said.

Fircrest police Officer Chris Roberts was writing up another driver for driving with a suspended license.

That man was sitting in the back of the patrol car on the side of the road. Roberts was in the front seat with all the vehicle’s blue and red emergency lights flashing when the police car was rear-ended, Cheesman said.

The suspected drunken driver started to back up but stopped when Roberts got out of his car, Cheesman said.

Another Fircrest police officer came and detained the driver. Fircrest police called the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to investigate.

A sheriff’s deputy arrested and booked the suspected drunken driver. He had a blood-alcohol level of about 0.16 – twice the legal limit for drivers, Cheesman said.

The car’s license plate matched that of a vehicle reportedly of being driven erratically earlier Friday night on South 38th Street near the Tacoma Mall. And there was fresh damage on the side of the car in addition to the front, Cheesman said.

Roberts and the man he arrested suffered possible injuries, Cheesman said. The Tacoma Fire Department responded, but no one was transported.

The man Roberts had stopped was released after his car was impounded.

The suspected drunken driver was not injured.

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