A Brookline police officer was able to walk away from a crash that wrecked his cruiser after an allegedly drunk driver slammed into the parked car.
An officer conducting traffic enforcement had a car pulled over on Boylston Street near Hammond Street just after 1 a.m. Saturday when the crash occurred, Brookline police said Wednesday.
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The officer had just returned to his cruiser to write a citation when he heard his rear radar activate.
"He looked up and was able to see a car coming at him. He braced himself for impact as the car came crashing into the rear of his car," Brookline police said in an incident post on its blog.
The officer did not suffer serious injuries, but was sent to a local hospital for evaluation. He is still out of work and recovering.
The driver, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested for driving under the influence of liquor.
"This incident shows the dangers officers face every day, simply by doing routine things," Brookline police said.
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