Driver of car that collided with cop car found at fault

The 63-year-old man who was driving the car that collided with a police vehicle in Sadog Tasi Monday afternoon was found at fault.

Department of Public Safety spokesperson Jacqueline Rae Shepard said yesterday that it was the red 2016 Toyota Corolla that hit the police vehicle.

Shepard said the driver was cited for making an illegal turn and not yielding to an emergency vehicle.

Shepard said that, according to the driver, he did not see the police vehicle or hear its sirens.

She said the driver and his passenger as well as the two police officers in the police vehicle were brought to the Commonwealth Health Center for evaluation. All were treated and later released.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services on Monday said that, according to the driver, he was making a U-turn at the Sadog Tasi traffic light intersection when the police vehicle hit their car on the front driver’s side.

DFEMS said the DPS vehicle is a Chevy Tahoe.

DFEMS spokesman Derek Gersonde said the car’s driver complained of pain on his left side, while his passenger, a 53-year-old woman, had pain on her left leg.

Shepard said DPS dispatch received Monday at 1:58pm a call from a police officer reporting an auto accident involving a police vehicle at the Sadog Tasi traffic light intersection.

The crash happened on Chalan Pale Arnold Highway corner Isa Drive near the Mobil gas station.

Shepard said the police vehicle approached the intersection with lights and sirens on.

She said cars were stopped at the traffic light as the officers entered the center median in an effort to pass the cars at the light.

At that time, Shepard said, the driver of the Corolla made a U-turn and struck the police vehicle.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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