A Pierce County sheriff's deputy was injured Sunday when a suspected drunken driver rear-ended the deputy's patrol car on Meridian Avenue, officials said Monday.
The 34-year-old deputy suffered a cut on his head that required stitches. He was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. The deputy was expected to fully recover, he added.
The other driver, a 24-year-old man, was also hurt and taken to Good Samaritan. He was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence, reckless driving and vehicular assault. The reports on the crash will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review, Troyer said.
The deputy had stopped a vehicle in the 12200 block of Meridian just after 1 a.m. Sunday and got out of his car to talk with the driver, Troyer said. The deputy had just returned to his patrol car – which had its emergency lights on – when another vehicle struck it from behind. The deputy hit his head.
Investigators said the driver, who appeared drunk, was speeding and did not appear to have braked before hitting the patrol car.