Two Whitestown Metropolitan Police Dept. officers were injured Feb. 9 after a car struck a WMPD patrol vehicle and caused a multiple-vehicle crash early in the morning.
At approximately 1 a.m., three WMPD officers conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 65. During the stop and roadside investigation, a white sedan traveling northbound struck a WMPD vehicle, which resulted in multiple secondary crashes, all involving police vehicles at the scene.
Two WMPD officers, the driver of the suspect vehicle and the passenger of the vehicle that was initially stopped were all transported to area hospitals for moderate to severe injuries. One WMPD officer was treated on the scene.
One of the injured officers was released later in the morning with a minor concussion, and the other injured officer sustained a bone fracture and whiplash and was expected to be released Feb. 9.
“We feel very fortunate that our officers and other occupants were not more seriously injured during this thoughtless act,” WMPD Chief Scott Rolston stated. “Putting a stop to this kind of driving behavior is the primary reason WMPD remains proactive with its traffic enforcement. Please slow down, move over for emergency vehicles, and don’t drink and drive. Thank you to the community for your thoughts and prayers.”
The Boone County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team is investigating the incident. The WMPD believes alcohol was a contributing factor.