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Police: Officer struck by suspected drunk driver while conducting traffic stop

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Friday evening a Maryland Heights police officer was struck by a suspected drunk driver while conducting a routine traffic stop. (Credit: Maryland Heights PD) Friday evening a Maryland Heights police officer was struck by a suspected drunk driver while conducting a routine traffic stop. (Credit: Maryland Heights PD)
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A Maryland Heights Police Officer was struck by a suspected drunk driver Friday evening, according to police.

Police say the officer was conducting a routine traffic stop when the suspected drunk driver, a 22 year-old woman from Columbia,  hit the police cruiser from the rear.

According to a Facebook post from the Maryland Heights PD, the officer suffered several injuries. The officer was released from an area hospital this morning with a head injury and whiplash.

The patrolmen, has been with the Maryland Heights Police Department for two years.

Maryland Heights PD also wrote in the Facebook post that this should serve as yet another reminder to never drink and drive and that buzzed driving is drunk driving.  

In the Metro East, the issue surrounding drunk drivers is something that they are familiar with. Illinois State Police have investigated more than 2,000 crashes this year.

" We've had innocent people in their 30s, 40s and 50s that have never received a speeding ticket, but make one bad choice. they drive drunk and seriously injure or kill someone. it changes their life forever," said Corporal Calvin Dye Jr of the Illinois State Police.

The trooper estimated 20-30 percent of crashes this year were related to drunk driving. Dye said stop DUI crashes is one of law enforcement's main goal and that drivers will soon see more troopers, traffic stops and arrest.

"It's not anything to take a chance on thinking about your family, thinking about your kids, or thinking about your kids. We are not taking it lightly," said Dye.

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