Watch: Drunk driver crashes into Ore. cruiser as officers conduct separate DUI stop
As the officers were conducting field sobriety tests on a driver who was going 106 mph in a 55 mph, a driver crashed into an officer's unoccupied cruiser
By Sarah Roebuck
TIGARD, Ore. — Officers with the Tigard Police Department were conducting a field test for a potential drunk driver when another suspected DUI driver crashed into the officer's cruiser, the department said in a news release.
Body-worn camera video shows the officer on the side of a highway just after 2 a.m. investigating a separate DUI when the crash happened. The officer tried to stop a driver who passed him going 106 mph in a 55 mph zone, but the driver continued for almost two miles before stopping near an exit.
The officer, identified as Officer Fink, believed the driver was under the influence. Officer Teeny arrived to help with the traffic stop. As the officers were conducting field sobriety tests, a driver crashed into Teeny's unoccupied cruiser. Neither the woman who was driving nor her passenger were seriously hurt in the crash.
Due to the location of the crash, the Beaverton Police Department arrested the driver of the crashed vehicle on charges of DUII, reckless driving, reckless endangering, reckless endangerment of a highway worker and criminal mischief.
The original driver stopped by Fink was also arrested for DUII, reckless driving and recklessly endangering a highway worker.
"We are grateful nobody was seriously hurt. If you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, move over to give them space and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol," police said in a statement.