Suspected Hit-And-Run Driver May Have Been Drunk, Police Say
6:21 AM, Jun 11, 2012
Four people, including an Indianapolis police officer and a child, were injured in a crash sparked by a hit-and-run driver on the city's west side Sunday night, police said.Officers were called to the area of Washington Street and Lynhurst Drive just after 7 p.m. on a report of several hit-and-run crashes in the Burger King and Kroger parking lots.Witnesses said the driver left the Kroger parking lot, turned onto a dead-end street and then made a U-turn, disregarding a stop sign and driving into the path of an officer who was responding to the scene.The crash pushed the squad car into oncoming traffic, where it was struck by a pickup truck.The officer, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital with serious injuries in stable condition.First responders initially reported that the officer had been ejected from his vehicle, but officials later said it was not clear if that was the case.The driver of the truck and his 7-year-old son were also checked out at the hospital.The suspected hit-and-run driver suffered minor injuries. Police said it is possible he was driving while intoxicated.The officer and the driver of the truck voluntarily consented to blood tests, police said.
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