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YUKON, Okla. -- A Yukon police officer is lucky to be alive after his patrol vehicle was slammed into by a speeding SUV, driven by a man who was allegedly drunk.

Tuesday at 9:00 pm, officer Todd Hawthorne was turning around to respond to a burglary call, right outside Yukon police headquarters.

Suddenly, the driver's side of his car was t-boned by a vehicle allegedly going 57 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.

Police say the suspect, 21-year-old Jonathan Russell, was driving under the influence of alcohol.
Russell, Jonathan Robert

Police chief John Corn said Russell smelled of alcohol and they found an open container in his car. He was treated at a hospital before going to jail.

The collision pinned officer Hawthorne in his car for nearly ten minutes. Firefighters had to cut open the top of his vehicle to get him out.

Hawthorne suffered a broken clavicle and broken ribs, but was released from the hospital early this morning.

"That what makes it so irritating," Corn said. "Call a cab. Have a buddy take you home. Don't risk killing yourself or somebody else on a bad decision."

The suspect's blood test was taken to OSBI. Russell is being held at the Yukon Police headquarters on a bond of more than $10,000.

Formal charges of DUI, transporting an open container and speeding are pending.

Chief Corn said Hawthorne, who's been with the Yukon police for 14 months, will return to his job as soon as his broken clavicle and broken ribs heal.