DUI suspect slams into state trooper's squad car on I-64

News-DemocratMarch 8, 2014 

A DUI suspect slammed into the rear of an Illinois State Police trooper's squad car occupied by the trooper and another DUI suspect early Saturday on Interstate 64 in St. Clair County.

The two suspects and the trooper were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

The accident occurred at 3:33 a.m. on the right shoulder of eastbound I-64 near St. Clair Avenue where the trooper stopped a driver he suspected of driving under the influence, said Trooper Calvin Dye.

The trooper handcuffed the driver and placed him in the back of his squad car, went to the driver's car to retrieve some of the driver's personal effects and then got behind the wheel of his squad car to finish the paperwork, Dye said.

That's when another driver slammed into the rear of the trooper's car. The trooper escaped the car through the front, passenger side door and then went to the back of the car to pull out his passenger, Dye said. A passer-by stopped and assisted the trooper.

An ambulance with Litton Ambulance in Mount Vernon was passing by after a trip to a St. Louis hospital. The crew stopped and administered first aid while waiting for MedStar Ambulance to arrive.

The trooper's passenger was taken to a St. Louis hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The trooper was taken to a Belleville hospital for minor injuries. The driver whose car struck the trooper's car also was taken to a Belleville hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The two men were charged with driving under the influence by other troopers who were called to the scene. The suspects' names were not released because the investigation is ongoing, Dye said. Also, the name of the injured trooper was not released.

Contact reporter Beth Hundsdorfer at bhundsdorfer@bnd.com or 618-239-2570.

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