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(KSL News) A West Valley Police officer is recovering this morning after his car was hit by a vehicle going 40 miles per hour.
The officer had pulled over to assist a stranded driver on 3500 South. He had just gotten back into his car, when a woman slammed her car into his patrol car.
The impact of the crash sent the police car across the road.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers who responded said the woman was driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
Trooper Thomas DeCarlo/ Utah Highway Patrol: "Most prescriptions or medications advise that you shouldn't drive within so many hours of taking the medication. If you take too many of the medication-- you may be issued only one tab-- when you take two that can impair your judgement or ability to operate a vehicle safely."
The woman was arrested for DUI. The officer was taken to Cottonwood Hospital for evaluation but is expected to be okay.