Two charged with DUI after crash that injured trooper

News-DemocratMarch 10, 2014 

Illinois State Police charged two people with driving under the influence on Sunday -- the one in back of the squad car and the one who hit the back of the squad car.

Troopers charged Brent Daugherty, 32, of St. Louis, Mo., and Vastie Jenkins, 28, of O'Fallon, with driving under the influence after an early Saturday morning crash.

Daugherty was in the back of a trooper's 2010 Ford Crown Victoria after the trooper stopped him on the right shoulder of eastbound Interstate 64 near St. Clair Avenue in East St. Louis at 3:30 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence, said Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye.

The trooper had just gotten into the driver's seat of his squad car when it was struck from behind by a 1997 Oldsmobile Bravado driven by Jenkins, Dye said. The trooper's emergency lights were activated at the time of the collision. The force of the collision drove the squad car into Daugherty's car, parked in front.

The trooper, who is not being identified, Daugherty and Jenkins were all treated for injuries after the crash, Dye said. They have all since been released.

The collision is still under investigation. Additional charges against Jenkins are possible, Dye said.

"This really demonstrates exactly how dangerous our jobs can be," Dye said. "It happens all over Illinois and not just with police, but ambulance drivers and firefighters, too. People really need to move over and slow down when they approach emergency vehicles."

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