A car struck a marked police vehicle used for traffic control in Old Town early Friday morning and knocked a police sergeant on the other side of the patrol car to the pavement, police said.
Although the sergeant struck his head on pavement, he was not seriously injured, police Lt. Doug Nolte said. The driver, a 21-year-old man from New Mexico, was arrested and was suspected of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, Nolte said.
The incident occurred around 1:40 a.m. as officers in Old Town were dispersing people from the entertainment area, Nolte said. As part of the traffic control, the sergeant parked his patrol car, with emergency lights on, so that it blocked traffic at First and Rock Island, Nolte said. The vehicle driven by the New Mexico man didn’t stop and hit the police car broadside. The impact knocked the sergeant several feet as he was on the other side of the patrol car.