Ladue Police: Patrol vehicle sideswiped by drunk driver

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(KPLR) – Dashcam video exclusive to FOX 2 shows a Ladue Police patrol vehicle sideswiped along the interstate.

The vehicle was recently struck shortly after 2 am on Interstate 64 by an intoxicated driver, Ladue Sgt. Ray Hahs said.

Fortunately, Hahs said, the officer driving the vehicle was not behind the wheel at the time. She had just gotten out of her car and was walking toward another patrol car. Hahs said had she been inside or alongside her vehicle, the outcome could have been different.

“It wouldn’t be good. We’d probably be going to a funeral,” he said.

Police report the driver who was suspected of being drunk narrowly missed striking a second patrol vehicle. Another officer entered his vehicle, pursued the driver, and arrested her in Frontenac.

The initial call involved Ladue police parked alongside I-64 to take into custody a man wanted by authorities.

The patrol vehicles were parked on the shoulder in the event the man pulled over resisted arrest. The man was wanted and had a history for altercations with law enforcement, Hahs said.

“The man even said later on that he would have fought, but that one of the officers that was there was just too big for him to take on,” he said.

Hahs says the incident underscores the importance of moving over for emergency responders.

“It’s very dangerous. If we get hit out there at highway speeds, it’s going to cause disabling injuries or death. We’re going to have to live with that. They’re going to have to live with that,” he said. “We just want people to move over for any emergency vehicles out there. Whether it’s police, fire, MODOT workers, tow truck drivers, just move over for everybody’s safety.”

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.