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Trooper injured as suspected drunk driver hits patrol car

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Sep 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-04 07:47:05-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- A Florida Highway Patrol trooper is recovering after a driver struck his patrol car this morning.

FHP says just before 2 a.m., a black Cadillac SUV traveling northbound lost control and hit the barrier under the overpass near the Boynton Beach Boulevard exit.

A spokesman for FHP says a trooper stopped to help the driver, activated his emergency lights and set up several flares. But when the trooper returned to his patrol car to get another flare, a gray Honda failed to yield and crashed into the trooper’s patrol car.

FHP says the trooper’s leg was injured in the accident.

“Pay attention to the lights, slow down and if you see the vehicles in the road you're supposed to move over,” said Sgt. Richard Glass, a spokesman with Florida Highway Patrol. “We were very fortunate tonight we didn't lose a trooper.”

FHP says the trooper was treated and released from Delray Medical Center.

The driver of the Honda was arrested for DUI.

No one in the Cadillac was injured.

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