Two officers injured in Warren crash caused by drunken driver

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published September 5, 2018

 Two police officers were injured and a police SUV was damaged Sept. 2 in a crash at Nine Mile and Ryan roads.

Two police officers were injured and a police SUV was damaged Sept. 2 in a crash at Nine Mile and Ryan roads.

Photo by Brian Louwers

WARREN — Two Warren police officers suffered minor injuries Sept. 2 when their patrol car swerved and left the roadway to avoid a drunken driver.

Detective Sgt. Paul Houtos, of the Warren Police Department, said the crash occurred at about 7 p.m. at Nine Mile and Ryan roads. He said the officers were heading east on Nine Mile through the intersection.

“The other vehicle, which was a Ford pickup, turned from northbound Ryan to eastbound Nine Mile in front of them,” Houtos said.

The patrol vehicle reportedly swerved to avoid striking the truck, left the roadway and hit a tree. The officers were treated at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital and released later the same day. It was anticipated that they would be able to return to work immediately.

The driver of the truck, a 59-year-old woman, reportedly showed signs of intoxication when additional officers arrived to investigate the crash.

“She admitted to having a few beers,” Houtos said.

The woman reportedly failed field sobriety tests administered at the scene and allegedly failed a preliminary breath test, which reported her blood alcohol level at 0.09 percent. She was arrested for operating while intoxicated.

The damaged Warren police SUV was rendered undriveable and was transported to the city’s Department of Public Works yard on Stephens Road.