Officer recovering from head-on collision with impaired driver


by Marcy McMacken

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Posted on November 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 7:19 PM

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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix police officer is recovering after he was involved in a head-on crash with a suspected drunk driver early Saturday morning.

The collision occurred just after midnight near 35th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard.

Phoenix police Lt. Dissotell says their officer was southbound on 35th Avenue, when another vehicle tried to turn left onto Monte Vista, but ended up hitting the officer's vehicle while turning.

The officer and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to local hospitals and treated for minor injuries.

The officer was treated and released. The other driver is expected to recover, as well.

Police believe the other driver, who has not been identified, was impaired by alcohol.

The investigation into this accident continues.