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Drunk driver hits officer

Connecticut residents know that should they ever been hit by a drunk driver, they can look to police officers or other members of law enforcement to help them and their loved ones. However, it is also important to know that these same people who are tasked with helping others can also themselves be the ones injured or killed by negligent drivers.

This is precisely what happened recently along a stretch of Route 69 near Gaylord Mountain Road. A Connecticut state trooper was in the process of working with another driver who had been stopped by the trooper. While sitting in his squad car with the police lights actively flashing, he felt the impact of another vehicle. A drunk driver operating a passenger sedan hit the state trooper's vehicle in the rear and on the side.

After hitting the trooper's car, the intoxicated driver kept going but was later located. Upon being tested, it was discovered the at-fault driver's blood alcohol content was almost three times the 0.08 percent legal limit. Meanwhile the trooper had to be transported to a hospital for treatment. The extent of the trooper's injuries are not fully known but the drunk driver has been freed after posting bond.

Whether a civilian or member of law enforcement, people in Connecticut who have been injured due to another person's negligence deserve help. Talking with an attorney during these times may provide insight into how to seek compensation.

Source: CT Post, "Trooper taken to hospital after DUI driver hits cruiser," Jim Shay, August 22, 2017


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