Drunk driver crashes into vehicle of Virginia state trooper who was conducting traffic stop

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(Photo: Courtesy Virginia State Police)

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WDVM/WFXR) — Virginia State Police say an impaired driver crashed into stopped cars — one of which was a police car — in Fairfax County while a state trooper was conducting a traffic stop Wednesday night.

(Photo: Courtesy Virginia State Police)

According to police, at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22, a trooper initiated a traffic stop for a Toyota driving north on I-495 at 90 mph.

During the stop, the trooper was standing next to the Toyota when a Nissan Versa drove off the right side of I-495 and crashed into the trooper’s patrol car, which had its emergency lights activated, authorities say.

Officials say the impact was so great that it slammed the police car into the Toyota, forcing Trooper Weitzman to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

After making sure the Toyota’s driver and passenger were not injured, Weitzman reportedly called for rescue.

Meanwhile, the door on the driver’s side of the Nissan was jammed shut from the crash, trapping the driver inside, according to Virginia State Police. However, the trooper helped the driver out of the car from the passenger’s side.

(Photo: Courtesy Virginia State Police)

Police say the driver of the Nissan — identified as 65-year-old Corey Poole of Washington D.C. — was not injured. However, he was charged with his second DUI offense in 10 years, refusing to take a DUI breath test, driving without a valid driver’s license, and failing to move over.

The crash is still under investigation as of this writing.

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