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Woman charged with DUI after accident with squad car

A state trooper was recently taken to the hospital after a crash in New Garden, Pennsylvania. The 24-year-old male who graduated from the State Police Academy in April suffered internal bleeding and a broken pelvis after his squad car was hit by a 47-year-old woman in a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. According to the authorities, the woman was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

The alleged drunk driving accident happened late last month on Route 1 just north of Bancroft Road, where the trooper had parked his vehicle in the grass median in order to monitor traffic. The alleged drunken driver crashed into the officer's driver-side door after she left the road at around 1 p.m. Route 1 was closed in both directions for approximately six hours so investigators could recreate the scene.

Rescue personnel had to remove the 24-year-old from his patrol car. He was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center.

Upon arrival, other officers smelled alcohol on the woman. When asked about it, she stated she had consumed some wine earlier. After performing a field sobriety test, a breath test and a blood test, officers determined that her blood alcohol content was over the legal limit at the time of the accident. She was arrested and has been charged with driving at an unsafe speed, reckless driving, careless driving and DUI.

The woman was also charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI. She was taken to Chester County Prison after she failed to post her $200,000 bail.

Thankfully no one was injured, but it is another reminder that no one safe from drunk drivers.

Source: Daily Local, "Wreck sends state cop to hospital, woman charged with DUI," Tom Kelly IV and Jennifer Carboni, Dec. 30, 2011

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