Officers from the Tigard Police Department were in the midst of conducting a field sobriety test when an incident unfolded that highlighted the dangers of failing to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles.
The incident took place around 2 a.m. on August 11th in Oregon. Officer Fink had pulled over a vehicle for speeding at 106 mph in a 55 mph zone. The stop occurred near the Denny Road exit, and Officer Teeny arrived as backup.
While Officer Fink and Officer Teeny were busy administering field sobriety tests to the initial driver, another driver collided with the back of Officer Teeny’s unoccupied patrol car. Fortunately, both the driver and her passenger escaped serious injuries, although the impact heavily damaged her white Mazda 6. Video footage of the incident captured the deployment of airbags and the significant front-end damage to the car.
The Tigard Police Department issued a statement revealing that the woman who caused the collision was apprehended by the Beaverton Police Department. She faces charges including DUII (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants), reckless driving, reckless endangering, reckless endangerment of a highway worker, and second-degree criminal mischief.
The driver who was initially pulled over also faced legal consequences, including charges of DUII, reckless driving, and recklessly endangering a highway worker. Fortunately, none of the individuals involved, including the emergency workers present, sustained injuries in the incident. Unfortunately, this is not always the outcome in such situations.
Roadside accidents pose a significant threat to the safety of emergency personnel like police officers and firefighters. In response, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated a campaign called “Slow Down Move Over” to raise awareness and address the inherent dangers associated with stopping vehicles on highways.