RICHFIELD, Minn. - A State Trooper was taken to the hospital Saturday night after being injured by a drunk driver who hit his squad car.
The incident happened in Richfield on the exit ramp from westbound 494 to northbound Interstate 35W.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol's website, two squad cars were parked at the scene of an unrelated crash providing traffic control assistance. Both squads had their emergency traffic lights activated and flares were lit to alert drivers. It's then when a drunk driver sideswiped the first State Patrol squad car and then rear-ended the second squad car.
"The driver was placed under arrest," said Lt. Eric Roeske. "It certainly demonstrates the dangers we face especially when there is an impaired driver out there."
The trooper in the first squad car was not injured. The trooper in the second squad car was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. His condition is unknown.
The driver of the car who hit the squad cars was taken into custody at the scene. He is currently being held in the Hennepin County Jail awaiting formal charges.
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