Another officer hit by suspected drunk driver

November 20, 2008 4:59:37 AM PST
For the second time this week a suspected DUI driver rammed into a Philadelphia police officer's patrol car, but this time the officer has survived the crash.

Police say just before two o'clock on Thursday morning, the 15th District officer was responding to a robbery call.

He was crossing the intersection of Saul and Wakeling in Northeast Philadelphia when a car slammed into his cruiser.

That car then ricoheted, hitting several parked cars.

The officer's airbag deployed. He was treated for neck and back pain at a local hospital and released.

Investigators say the driver of the car that ran into the officer's car told them he was drinking before the accident.

The driver is in police custody, facing DUI charges.

Earlier this week, police say another man ran his car into Sergeant Timothy Simpson's patrol car, killing him.

Investigators say 41-year-old William Foster was the driver. He has been charged with third degree murder, homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence.

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