OGDEN — A police officer was hospitalized Sunday with minor injuries after his patrol car was struck by another vehicle, officials said.
Ogden Police Lt. Troy Burnett said the accident occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. near Patterson Street and Quincy Avenue in Ogden. Police had cordoned off an area of Patterson Street for an unrelated investigation when a driver, identified as 24-year-old Richard Fernandez, approached the area in a Mitsubishi Eclipse.
Officers visually and verbally directed Fernandez to stop, who instead accelerated his vehicle, entering the closed portion of the street and forcing two officer to jump out of the way, Burnett said. Fernandez struck a parked vehicle before veering off and colliding head-on with a patrol car approaching from the opposite direction.
The officer in the patrol car was treated for injuries at McKay Dee Hospital and released.
"He was, in his words, 'knocked a little silly'," Burnett said. "He's in good spirits. He's a veteran officer and he's doing very well now."
The incident was turned over to the Utah Highway Patrol for investigation, Burnett said. Fernandez was booked into Weber County Jail for investigation of driving under the influence. Fernandez was not injured in the collision.
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