Trooper Injured By Drunk Driver
A trooper assigned to the Third District IMPACT Team was injured in a traffic crash late Friday night. At approximately 11:02 p.m., the trooper was completing a traffic stop on Fenton Rd. near Lincoln St. in Genesee County. Emergency lights were activated for the traffic stop. The trooper was outside of the patrol car when it was hit from behind by a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado. The 42-year-old driver of the Silverado, from Grand Blanc, crashed into the rear of the patrol car, pushing the it forward and causing it to crash into the trooper and into the vehicle that the trooper had stopped, a Ford Fusion. The trooper was thrown onto the hood of the patrol car, coming to rest in a grassy area near the roadway.
The trooper was transported to a local hospital and admitted for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The trooper was expected to be released Saturday. The driver of the Ford Fusion was not injured.
The Silverado driver was evaluated for injuries at a local hospital and released. Additional investigation was completed leading to the Silverado driver being arrested and lodged in jail for operating while intoxicated.
The IMPACT Team (Impaired Driving Action Team) is responsible for detecting, identifying, and enforcing Operating While Impaired (OWI) violations on Michigan’s roadways ultimately reducing the number of alcohol and drug impaired driving injury and fatal crashes.