A Salem man is accused of crashing his van into a parked patrol car with its emergency lights on and a deputy inside.
It happened on Lancaster Drive Northeast and Glendale Avenue Northeast at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Deputy Justin Kinyon said he was filling out a citation after conducting a traffic stop when he was suddenly thrown forward.
Witnesses said a Ford Windstar van was in the right lane approaching the patrol car when the driver, identified as Mohammed Ali, 53, attempted to move over into the left lane.
Deputies said Ali did not see a vehicle beside him and forced the second car into the turn lane. Ali then took evasive action to avoid hitting the car, according to investigators, and overcorrected and slammed into the patrol car.
Ali was given a ticket for driving without a license and careless driving. Deputies said he had an instruction permit, but not a valid Oregon driver's license.
Ali and Kinyon were not seriously hurt, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. However, Ali was taken to the hospital for evaluation and Kinyon did not return to duty after the crash.
Deputies said if you approach an emergency vehicle on the side of the road with its emergency lights activated, slow down by at least 5 mph and move to the left if there is another lane available. Failure to do so could lead to a $260 fine.
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