Suspected drunk driver hits 4 DPD officers during arrest, injuring them

Four Detroit police officers and a teenage suspect were rushed to the hospital after a pick-up truck slammed into a scout car.

Captain Ken Balinski said he is grateful his officers will be okay after the suspected drunk driver crashed into them during an arrest Saturday night at Puritan and Wyoming.

"I'm thankful the officers are going to be okay in this situation," he said. "But it could have been far more tragic.

"They were doing their job, they're investigating a person and arrested a person. It's just unfortunate that a drunk driver comes by and causes this accident that injures all four of them."

Two of the officers were in a scout car, two others outside. They were arresting a 16-year-old for breaking into a car when sources say 54-year-old Julian Duncan hit  them, damaging two scout cars. 

He was arrested for suspected drunk driving.  the officers were taken to the hospital.

"They're doing well," Balinski said. "I've talked to all four of them personally as early as today and they're doing well at this point."

Balinski hoping they're back to work soon - and sending this message to drivers.

"Don't drink and drive," he said. "These are the types of things that happen when you are drinking and driving. You are not under control of your vehicle, your mind is not where it should be and it causes these types of accidents."

All four officers work out of the 12th Precinct, where their colleagues are taking this personally.

"Another warning to people who want tod rive drunk in No. 12," Balinski said. "We'll be out there looking for you."

Charges are expected to be filed against Duncan later this week. 
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