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Police: DUII suspect slams into patrol car stopped for previous DUII case

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FAIRVIEW, OR (KPTV) -

A DUII suspect slammed into a patrol car with its lights activated and an officer sitting inside at the scene of a previous traffic stop involving another impaired driver, according to police.

A Fairview police officer stopped a car at 12:30 a.m. Saturday on Northeast Halsey Street just west of Northeast 223rd Avenue.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUII and a tow truck was called to the scene to impound the vehicle.

Before the tow truck arrived, an SUV heading east on Halsey Street struck the reserve officer's patrol car from behind. The SUV then hit the car of the original DUII suspect.

The SUV rolled and landed on its roof in the middle of Halsey Street.

The officer was examined at the scene and taken to the hospital for a precautionary examination. The officer was later released.

The driver of the SUV only sustained minor scratches in the crash.

After further investigation, the SUV driver was arrested on DUII charges.

The names of the people involved have not been released.

The Fairview Police Department released a statement about the incident.

In this case, there were no serious injuries. However, this incident demonstrates two important points: First, driving impaired is the most preventable crime. If people choose to drink alcoholic drinks, please do not drive. There are many alternatives to driving drunk such as taxis or getting a ride from a sober friend or family member. Impaired drivers routinely cause accidents such as this one and we were very fortunate that there were no serious injuries or fatalities as this easily could have been. Secondly, this incident demonstrates yet another risk that officers face on a daily basis. We don't often think about traffic crashes as a risk to law enforcement. However, we need to remind motorists to slow down, move over if possible, and exercise caution whenever they see a police or fire vehicle with its emergency lights activated.

Fairview police were assisted in this incident by the Gresham Police Department and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

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