Detroit police officer struck by alleged drunken driver

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

A Detroit police officer collided with an alleged drunken driver Friday morning on the city’s northwest side, sending both to the hospital for minor injuries.

The officer was traveling westbound on Joy Road with his car’s lights and sirens turned on and another police car to back up other officers at a 911 call, according to Detroit police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody.

When the officer was traveling through the intersection at Grandmont Road, a citizen pulled out in front of him and did a U-turn around 5:30 a.m., Woody said.

“His car struck the citizen’s vehicle, almost in a T-bone fashion on the driver’s side,” Woody said.

Though the citizen was allegedly over the legal blood-alcohol level, he complained of neck pain so he was transferred to a local hospital. He was then to be turned over to the Detroit Detention Center, Woody said. The citizen, whose name and age were not released, has numerous traffic warrants, Woody said.

Meanwhile, the officer also complained of back and neck pain and was transferred to a local hospital.