A motorist who apparently wasn't paying attention to the road slammed into the back of a Salt Lake County sheriff's patrol car Thursday night, even though his overhead lights were on and orange cones were set up next to his car.

The accident happened just after 7 p.m. on 4500 South near 845 East. A deputy was doing traffic control for another incident and was sitting in his car, said sheriff's deputy Levi Hughes. When the vehicle drove over the orange cones, the deputy tried to move his car forward to get out of the way. But he wasn't able to move in time and the woman clipped his rear bumper, causing about $100 damage.

Neither the deputy nor the woman was seriously hurt. Hughes said the deputy was able to avoid much of the impact by having his car in motion when he was hit.