Metro Police Cruiser Struck By Suspected Drunk Driver
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One driver was arrested on DUI charges after striking a Metro Police cruiser who had stopped for another crash.
The initial crash involved a car that hit a wall on Interstate 40, and then collided with a pickup truck underneath the Elm Hill Pike overpass just before midnight. An officer pulled over, turned on his emergency lights and got out of his vehicle.
A short time later, a white Toyota Corolla struck the truck involved in the initial accident, and then slammed into the officer's cruiser from behind.
"Fortunately, the officer was outside of the car and therefore the officer was not injured. The driver was detained and arrested on suspicion of a DUI. When we got there he had a strong alcohol smell on his breath," said Metro Police Sgt. Geoff Odom.
Tyler Hicks had also stopped to help the people involved in the initial accident, when he almost became a victim himself.
"After he hit that truck, I jumped over the guardrail, and ripped my pants and then he hit the car," said Hicks.
Hicks said he went to see if the driver was ok, even though he was almost hit himself.
"By the time he hit the car, I got up to check on him to see if he was ok and I opened the door and he was highly intoxicated. You can smell it and the guy urinated on himself and he couldn't get out of the car; he wanted to lay down in traffic," Hicks explained.
Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. The driver of the Corolla was taken to the Criminal Justice Center for a breathalyzer test. An affidavit said 29-year-old Hitesh Patel had a .186 BAC. He was charged with DUI, and released on $5,000 bond on Tuesday morning.
Police continue to search for the driver of the car involved in the initial crash who left the scene.