Driver collides head-on with police officer; both survive

- A Waterford police officer is recovering after a teen driver crossed the center line and hit the officer's car head-on. Despite the damage, the officer and the other driver are safe.

It happened Thursday night on Cooley Lake Road, just east of Hospital Road. Both were traveling alone and both were rushed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Both drivers were seat-belted and multiple air bags in both cars deployed.

"A routine patrol minding his own business, not going anywhere, when a vehicle crossed left of center," says Lt. Todd Hasselbach with the Waterford Police Department. "He tried to swerve and avoid, but couldn't. He got hit right in the driver's door, head on by the front end of the other car."

Cooley Lake Road is at the Waterford and West Bloomfield boundary line. The debris was determined to be in West Bloomfield, whose police are handling the investigation.

The young driver who crossed the center line told investigators he "blacked out" just before the crash. He'll be blood tested and could likely face charges.

"Absolutely could have been anybody," says Hasselbach. "It’s a risk that all drivers take; it just happened to be a police officer tonight."

The officer has been on the force for 19 years. We're told he remains in the hospital for observation. 


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