Drunken teen crashes into 2 parked patrol cars flashing emergency lights, police say

A 17-year-old girl was arrested for investigation of DUI after police say she smashed into two parked police cars flashing their emergency lights early Friday.

A 17-year-old girl was arrested for investigation of DUI after police say she smashed into two parked police cars flashing their emergency lights early Friday. (Salt Lake police)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police may be looking to replace one of their patrol cars after it was hit by a suspected impaired teenage driver.

Just after 1 a.m. Friday, officers were working an incident near 750 South and 300 East. Officers had parked their marked patrol cars, leaving their emergency lights on, in the street as they investigated.

While officers were standing outside their vehicles, a 17-year-old girl driving a Toyota Corolla smashed into the back of one of the patrol cars, which in turn pushed it into a second car, according to Salt Lake police. The first vehicle suffered extensive damage to its rear end. The second patrol car suffered only damage to the bumper.

The teen, who was not involved in the original incident police were working, was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The Utah Highway Patrol was called to investigate the crash and arrested the girl for investigation of DUI.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News

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