Cops: Falling-down drunk driver hits officer, flees

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A motorist who was so intoxicated that he fell down in front of police as he leaned on his own car Tuesday night got back in his vehicle and struck one of the officers who tried to stop him from driving away, authorities said Wednesday.


The injured officer’s left leg was fractured but he is expected to make a full recovery, police said. Authorities have not yet released the identity of the 44-year-old suspect, pending the approval of charges against him, including driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Around 11:49 p.m., officers in the area of the 3100 block of Custer Street in Kensington spotted the motorist driving in a 2009 black Ford Edge. When he got out of the car, the motorist was “highly intoxicated, stumbling forward, leaning onto his own vehicle,” police said in a news release.





As officers approached the driver, he tried to lean back but failed and fell into a another car parked on the block.

He got up and got back into his car and when police tried to take the keys out of the ignition, he put the vehicle in gear and drove it onto the sidewalk, striking one of the officers in the left leg with his front fender, police said.

The man fled but was stopped a few blocks away on Allegheny Avenue near Emerald Street, where he was taken into custody, police said.






















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