Vehicle slams into patrol car

A car drifted into an opposite lane of the road and collided with a police patrol car in As Perdido yesterday morning.

The driver of a four-door Toyota Corolla was taken to the Commonwealth Health Center for minor injuries. He was later released after being treated.

The driver was given a traffic citation, according to Department of Public Safety spokesperson Jacqueline Rae Shepard.

The driver of the patrol car, a male police officer, was not injured, Shepard said.

Shepard said both vehicles had extensive damage on the front and front right side.

It was at 6:15am when a police officer notified DPS dispatch of a car accident involving a patrol vehicle in As Perdido.

According to the investigating officer, the patrol car was heading south while the Toyota Corolla was heading west.

Shepard said the Corolla drifted into the eastbound lane and collided with the patrol car.

Shepard said that, according to the police officer, he was unable to avoid the collision because of additional traffic, as well as a deep ravine on the shoulder of the road.

Last March 24, a Tagaman competitor from Japan was injured when his bicycle struck a car that collided with a police motorcycle at the intersection of Beach Road and Chalan Hagoi near Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Chalan Kanoa.

The driver of the car was cited for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, according to DPS.

The police officer and the vehicle’s passengers were not injured in the crash.

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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