Drunk driver slams head-on into officer’s patrol car, IMPD says

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An alleged drunk driver slammed into an IMPD patrol car on the west side of Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officer was en route to help a driver that slid off the road near Raceway Road and Washington Street.

While the officer was slowing down and preparing to stop, another driver coming the opposite direction swerved into his lane and hit the patrol car nearly head-on. Both cars were heavily damaged.

The driver of the passenger car was unconscious when emergency crews arrived. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He was identified as 52-year-old Anthony Weeden.

Police say a blood test revealed he was over the legal limit, and he was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Court records show Weeden has a history of traffic violations. In 2016, he was charged with driving on a suspended license, after police say he was driving recklessly on icy roads without a valid license.

The crash Thursday night isn’t the first time an IMPD officer has been injured by a suspected drunk driver.

In late December a different IMPD squad car was damaged on east Washington when an accused drunk driver, identified as Dawn Herring, allegedly ran a red light.

“This is actually, unfortunately, very common,” said IMPD officer Genae Cook.

Police say the dangerous crash and the wreck in late December should remind everyone that driving while intoxicated is not only dangerous, it’s also 100 percent avoidable.

“Whenever you decide to drink and get behind the wheel there are consequences to face. The best consequence is no consequence. Get home another way,” said Cook.

The wounded police officer did have to be taken to the hospital, but has since been treated and released.

Photo of crash on February 7, 2019

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