Police officer struck by drunk driver following stop of 14-year old on joyride

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–The Stamford police department had a rough start to the new year. Just after the stroke of midnight a 14 year old drove his parents car into a telephone pole.

Not all of the details have been released yet by police, but there is still a head light, and crome and glass from the accident at the base of the telephone pole. K-9 Sargent Richard Phelan was blocking traffic when he was side swiped by 28 year old Edward Salazar-Martinez who was charged with DUI. Ariel Delacruz lives just around the corner from the accident.

“There were a whole bunch of cops here, there were two people driving, there was a guy and a girl and they kind of fled the car or something.”

Police say the were three serious collisions on New Year’s Day concluding a year where seven people died in six accidents, and they hope today’s incident isn’t a prediction of what is to come. Ariel Delacruz says last night was a night to be careful.

“There were a lot of drunk accidents yesterday. I know there were a lot down town and a couple on the east side over here by cove,”

The good news is the Sgt. is going to be okay, he is not going to be able to go right back out on to the road, but they are expecting him to make a full recovery.

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