Marion County, Indiana — April 15, 2013
Police believe a motorist was under the influence Monday when he struck and injured a law-enforcement officer in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department reports that 40-year-old Indianapolis resident Ignacio Alvarado was behind the wheel of blue 2000 GMC as it traveled near the corner of Moller Road and West 38th Street. Around 3:25 a.m., Mr. Alvarado approached the scene of a previous accident to which police had responded.
Investigators say he made a 180-degree turn and hit a police cruiser occupied by an officer. Paramedics responded to the scene and transported the cop to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital for treatment of back injuries.
Officers detected impairment on the part of Mr. Alvarado and he was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated, reckless driving, resisting law enforcement and driving on a suspended license.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually.
UPDATE: The law-enforcement officer has been identified as Rod Bradway of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
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