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Suspected Drunk Driver Slams Into Mesquite Patrol Car

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MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) - A suspected drunk driver is responsible for two traffic accidents in Mesquite -– one of them with a Mesquite Police Department patrol car.

According to Lt. Bill Hedgpeth, police were first notified about a potential dangerous situation when the suspect ran into an 18-wheeler.

"Got a call of a hit and run accident involving that vehicle, near Town East Mall on [Interstate] 635," Hedgpeth explained, "And moments later that vehicle continued northbound and struck one of our Mesquite police cars that was on a traffic stop."

The police officer has non-life-threatening injuries.

"He's up walking around and they are going to transport him [to the hospital] as a precaution," Hedgpeth said.

The driver of the car was taken into police custody and transported to an area hospital.

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