A Chicopee police officer was injured when a woman who was allegedly intoxicated crashed into his cruiser while he was on a motor vehicle stop.
Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News an officer was on a motor vehicle stop in the area of 1091 Chicopee Street Wednesday night when he felt and heard a crash.
The officer was allegedly thrown forward into the steering wheel and realized he had been struck from behind from another vehicle.
Wilk said the vehicle he had stopped was not hit, but the vehicle that hit the cruiser, as well as the cruiser, were badly damaged.
The person driving the vehicle that hit the cruiser, 37-year-old Melissa Paradysz, allegedly stumbled when getting out of her vehicle and nearly fell over.
Wilk said the officer asked her how how she managed to crash into the cruiser.
“She stated she was trying to pass another car, and ‘clipped’ the corner. Officer Moran explained her vehicle was the only one on the road at the time of the crash. She then stated she ‘barely’ hit anything,” said Wilk.
The officer allegedly detected a strong smell of alcoholic beverage coming from her mouth and Paradysz allegedly couldn’t answer simple questions, and had a semi slurred speech.
After an investigation including sobriety tests, Paradysz was arrested.
Paradysz was charged with:
- OUI liquor, her second offense
- Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
- Marked lanes violation
- Possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
Her breathalyzer results were around three times the legal limit.
Wilk said a water bottle was found in the vehicle that contained an alcoholic beverage.
Paradysz was held on $540 bail and will be arraigned Thursday in Chicopee District Court.
The officer did suffer injuries in the crash, but is expected to be okay.