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Two police cars struck by passing motorists during separate traffic stops

A Freeburg police car was struck by a passing motorist during a traffic stop Saturday night.
A Freeburg police car was struck by a passing motorist during a traffic stop Saturday night. Freeburg Police Department

Two Southern Illinois police officers' squad cars were struck by passing drivers during separate traffic stops Saturday night.

The first accident occurred around 7:30 p.m in Freeburg. A police officer was conducting a traffic stop in the 1200 block of North State Street when a passing driver hit the officer's car, ripping off part of the car's mirror, Illinois State Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said.

Less than four hours later, at about 11 p.m., a New Athens officer pulled over a driver on Illinois 13 near Van Buren Street. A middle-aged woman driving a mini-van struck the officer's car, according to Dye.

Illinois State Police arrested the woman, who is from Lenzburg, for allegedly driving under the influence, Dye said.

No one was injured during either accident.

The Freeburg Police Department posted about the incident on Facebook, saying, "It is important to understand motorist(s) and Officers want to go home at the end of the day."

Freeburg police also mentioned in their post "Scott's Law," an Illinois law which requires all drivers to yield to emergency vehicles on the side of the road. The law is named in honor of Lt. Scott Fillen, a Chicago firefighter who was killed by a driver while working an emergency.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6

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