Driver runs red light, slams into police patrol car

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

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KING5.com

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 6:38 AM

KENT, Wash. -- A Kent police officer is recovering after an early morning crash in Kent.

Kent police said driver of a red SUV ran through at red light at South 212th Street and 84th Avenue South in Kent just before 1:00 a.m. Monday. At the same time, a Kent police officer was driving through the intersection and crashed into the SUV.

Shannel Williams, a barista working nearby, heard the loud crash and called 911.

"I'm talking to a customers. I'm looking at the light it is red and I just halt screeching brakes and a huge crash," said Williams.

Both cars were in bad condition. The SUV's driver side was smashed in and the hood of the patrol car crushed.

Kent police said the officer, who is a seven-year veteran, was on his usual patrol.

As a precaution, both drivers were taken to Valley Medical Hospital . The officer did not have any serious injuries and was treated and released. The SUV driver's condition was unknown.

Officers said alcohol was not a factor.

When asked if the driver would face charges for running a red light and hitting police officer's patrol car, police said it was still an on-going investigation and that would be determined when the investigation is complete.

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