EVERETT — A Washington State Patrol trooper was hurt after a driver crashed into his patrol car Monday on southbound I-5.
The trooper was on the right shoulder during a traffic stop at milepost 191 in Everett around 6:16 p.m. when a 72-year-old Everett woman drove her Chevrolet Equinox SUV into the parked Dodge Charger patrol car, the State Patrol said. He was inside the car at the time and was able to call for help.
The woman was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, spokeswoman Heather Axtman said.
The trooper, a 29-year-old from Snohomish with eight years with the State Patrol, was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. His injuries were not life-threatening and he was released that evening.
Traffic was backed up because the right two lanes were blocked for several hours during the investigation.