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Allegedly drunk driver slams into cruiser during separate DUI stop

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SALT LAKE CITY — It started as a traffic stop for someone allegedly driving under the influence, but it quickly turned into something much more serious.

While a Salt Lake City police officer was pulling over a driver, another vehicle crashed into his cruiser.

Early Saturday morning, an SLCPD officer pulled over a driver he suspected of being intoxicated near 800 South and 1300 East. The officer called for backup and a second car arrived. Both police cars were parked on 1300 East with their lights flashing when another car, coming southbound rear-ended the backup police cruiser.

One cruiser was totaled, the other had some serious damage and on top of that, they ended up arresting the second driver on DUI charges as well.

"(The) driver of the car has sustained some minor injuries," said Lt. Brian Purvis. "One of the officers had a minor leg injury. It's not going to be serious."

Several agencies will be out in full-force over the Labor Day weekend looking for those DUI drivers.

Police say to use some common sense. If you plan on drinking, don't drive.


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