January 01, 2018 03:51 PM
A pair of state patrol squad cars were struck in separate incidents that occurred near one another on Highway 100 Monday morning.
Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the state patrol said neither trooper suffered injuries in the two crashes - the first of which occurred at around 6:14 a.m. on Highway 100 northbound at the Humboldt Avenue North ramp in Brooklyn Center.
The marked squad car was responding to a vehicle that had struck a wall when Nielson said he noticed an SUV enter the ramp at a high rate of speed.
The trooper was standing outside with the disabled driver at the time. Nielson said the trooper directed the driver to get back in the vehicle and put her seatbelt on. The SUV then struck the empty squad car while also hitting the disabled vehicle. The driver of the SUV was reportedly determined to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested.
The driver of the vehicle that had originally struck the wall suffered minor injuries. The trooper was not injured.
The second incident occurred around 8:53 a.m. on Highway 100 northbound at Interstate 694 East. Nielson said a trooper was on a call with their lights flashing when a driver came through the curve, reportedly at a speed of 55 miles per hour, and slid into the back of the squad car.
Nielson said neither the trooper nor the driver and passenger in the other vehicle suffered injuries.
Updated: January 01, 2018 03:51 PM
Created: January 01, 2018 11:36 AM
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