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IMPD officer escapes serious injury when squad car struck by suspected drunk driver

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer traveling southbound on Meridian Street was injured after a suspected intoxicated driver hit her squad car late Sunday.

The crash happened about 11 p.m. near the intersection of 64th St. and N. Meridian St. The alleged intoxicated driver heading north on Meridian St. either disregarded a stop light, or turned in front of the police officer, according to crash scene investigators.

The officer, Elizabeth Wilson, was alert and stable at the scene. Rescuers had to help her out of her damaged squad car and pulled her out of a window. She was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital for medical evaluation.

The officer reportedly suffered injuries to her hip and jaw, and had visible injuries to the arms and legs. IMPD said she may have suffered a concussion as well.

The male driver of the other vehicle is in custody and was taken downtown for a DUI blood draw. Preliminary results showed the driver tested positive for alcohol, police said.