Officer injured in DUI suspect’s getaway attempt

An Oak Harbor police officer was injured and a police car was damaged during the investigation of a suspected intoxicated driver who tried to speed away, according to police.

Officers responded to a report of an erratically driven Chevrolet Corvette Sunday night and found that the car had crashed into a jersey barrier on Scenic Heights Road, according to Oak Harbor Police Chief Kevin Dresker.

The three officers found the male driver apparently passed out inside the car. An officer knocked on his car window and awoke him.

The driver suddenly pushed on the accelerator. The car, which was partially off the road, lurched forward and struck the rear end of one of the unoccupied police cars, Dresker said.

The officers hurried to the car, but the driver refused to get out. As the man was putting the car into reverse, one of the officers broke the driver’s side window with a flashlight.

Another officer opened the passenger door and was getting in when the car sped backwards. The officer had a foot on the ground and the sudden acceleration “tweaked” his leg, the chief said. Nevertheless, the officer was able to put the car in park and stop the driver from getting away.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the incident.

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