WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A police officer working a detail in Westfield was injured after his cruiser was struck by a pickup truck driven by an alleged drunk driver Sunday night.
According to Westfield Police, the accident happened around 8 p.m. Sunday. The officer was in his cruiser working a detail at the time of the incident, which occurred at the intersection of Elm and Orange Streets.
Westfield Police Capt. Steve Dickinson told 22News the officer was taken to Baystate Medical Center following the crash, where he remained as of Monday morning. He is expected to survive, Dickinson said. The name of the injured Westfield officer is not being released at this time.
The driver of the pickup truck, 19-year-old Petro Misiruk, was arrested a short time after the crash. He is facing the following charges:
- Operating under the influence of alcohol
- Operating to endanger
- Leaving the scene of personal injury crash
- Marked lanes violation
- Possession / use of false RMV document (2 counts)
- Fail to stop for police
- Leaving the scene of property damage
- Refuse to identify upon officer’s request
According to court documents, Misiruk crashed head-on into the police cruiser and drove away. Another officer was able to track the vehicle by following fluid leaks and saw it pull into a driveway on Morris Street. Misiruk and two passengers were detained during the investigation. Misiruk was arrested after allegedly admitting he was drunk and had two fake Massachusetts licenses along with his real license.