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Drunk Driver Hits Cop Car Stopped for Another DWI, Police Say

Chester resident faces several charges for the crash and allegedly leaving the scene.

An alleged drunk driver sideswiped a Chester Township Police car while officers were conducting a DWI stop of another vehicle last week on Route 206.

Chester Township Police Cpl. Chris Cavanaugh’s arrest of a 43-year-old Chester woman for driving under the influence on Dec. 12 at about 9:30 p.m. was interrupted when his squad car was struck by another vehicle, Lt. Tom Williver said.

According to Williver, Cavanaugh and Patrolman George Pryzbylski were conducting a motor vehicle stop and field sobriety tests when they heard a loud crash behind them.

Pryzbylski immediately gave chase to the vehicle as it continued north on Route 206 and eventually stopped the driver on Glendale Road in Flanders, Williver said.

According to Williver, Pryzbylski detected the odor of alcohol on the breath of the driver, identified as Darwin Medina, 23, of Chester. Pryzbylski administered field sobriety tests that Medina failed, Williver said.

Both drivers were placed under arrest and issued summonses for reckless driving and failure to maintain lane, Williver said.

According to Williver, Medina was additionally charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, improper passing of an emergency vehicle, failure to stop for an emergency vehicle and failure to signal a turn.

Both drivers were released pending a court appearance in Chester Township Municipal Court, police said.

According to police, none of the officers or the other driver were hurt. 

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