Distracted driver hits MSP squad car

Mangled metal, a Michigan state trooper and his trainee sent to the hospital, because police say, someone wasn't paying attention.

"You gotta drive your car, when you're driving your car," said Lt. Mike Shaw from the Michigan State Police.

Michigan state police say around 12:30 Thursday afternoon, a state trooper and his dispatch trainee, pulled over to write an accident report on southbound I-75 near Caniff in Hamtramck. That's when a man driving a Cadillac truck going at least 70 miles per hour: 

"Became distracted behind the wheel, went up onto the left shoulder and struck the rear end of our patrol car, pushing the patrol car up into the median wall," said Shaw.

The trooper, in his early 30s and with the metro post for a year-and-a-half and his young passenger, just a month into her training, were slammed into their seats.

Both were taken to Henry Ford Hospital. The trooper's face was cut and his arm was strained, the trainee hurt her back and is still in the hospital.

Shaw said, "the dispatch trainee had some more serious possible internal injuries."

Michigan State Police want to use this as an example to get up close and personal and take a look at what can happen when you drive distracted.

"We were very fortunate today, but there are other people who are not as fortunate and end up getting killed just because somebody reached over the pick up something they may have dropped, or change the radio station," said Shaw.

While that driver walked away uninjured, police say he remains in custody and will likely face misdemeanor charges. Police are glad no one was seriously injured.

"Fortunately they followed procedure and they both had their seat belts on, that probably saved their lives today," Shaw said.
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