Driver crashes into Columbia police car

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A driver who refused to stop for Columbia police officers was injured in a crash involving a marked patrol car early New Year's Day.

The collision occurred at the intersection of 3rd and Union streets at around 1:18 a.m.

Police said the driver, who was not immediately identified, was wanted for a red light violation at 3rd and Locust streets.

Both the suspect and police Sgt. Marc Tremblay were transported by ambulance to a hospital, police said.

Tremblay was treated for minor injuries and released.

The suspect was being treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Authorities said the suspect was involved in another investigation in a neighboring jurisdiction, and Columbia police were not aware of that investigation when they saw the red light violation.

State police are investigating the crash.


Photo courtesy: Kirk Neidermyer/3rd Alarm Photography


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