Man who hit cop car charged with DUI

Philadelphia police car
Police have charged an Akron Street who crashed into a police car early Sunday with DUI. Rikard Larma/Metro.

Philadelphia police have identified an Akron Street man charged with driving under the influence after he allegedly struck a police cruiser, injuring an officer, on Roosevelt Boulevard early Sunday.

Rafael Cortes, 38, was arrested at Oxford Circle at around 1:30 a.m. following the accident.

Cortes has been charged with DUI, simple assault and recklessly endangering another.

The police officer, who was assigned to the Traffic Unit, was getting out of her car at Large Street and Roosevelt Boulevard when Cortes slammed into the rear of her vehicle, knocking her to the ground.

The officer was treated for head pain at Aria Health-Frankford and released.

Police are continuing to hunt for a vehicle that struck an off-duty police officer on the 2300 block of East Cumberland Street in Fishtown last Wednesday morning.

 


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