Peoria police crash

Driver crashes into Peoria police vehicle on Feb. 12.

PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A Peoria police officer is OK after a vehicle crashed into his patrol vehicle on Tuesday.  

Peoria police said an officer was pulled over on eastbound SR 74, approaching mile marker 22, when another vehicle hit the stopped police vehicle.

The driver was not impaired and claimed he was unable to stop in time because the vehicle in front of him had slowed down while passing the police vehicle. 

"I believe he was going 65 mph and that type of collision, we're just so lucky that car didn't go towards that guardrail," said Officer Brandon Sheffert, a spokesman for the Peoria Police Department. 

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The Peoria Police Department caught the crash on video.

Police say the officer was working to clear hay off the roadway.

"It's frustrating because these are the ones that don't need to happen. There's no reason at all. They're out there talking to somebody and had hay fall off a truck and they almost lost their lives. That's crazy," Sheffert said.  

Nobody was hurt in the crash. 

The driver was cited for failure to control the vehicle to avoid a collision. 

Arizona laws require you to slow down and move over a lane when approaching a stopped vehicle with flashing lights. 

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The law also applies to tow truck drivers. 

"It can be really scary. You know you're out there on the side of the road, you've got all the cars coming by, a lot of time they're within inches of you--inches literally within your life," said Brandon Devahl, the owner of BD-AZ Towing. "When they take the time to slow down, when they take the time to move over, it really gives us a lot more confidence. We're out there just trying to help somebody get off the side of the road and we've got families too and we're genuinely out there risking our lives. Tow operators are killed every day. It's scary." 


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