Trooper struck from behind by suspected drunk driver

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper sustained minor injuries early Sunday morning after being rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver according to spokesperson Betsy Randolph with the OHP.

Trooper Mystal Perkins, 23, was on duty and in her patrol car at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday when it was struck from behind while she sat at a red signal light at SE 29th and Walker.

The suspect, Juan Gonzalez, 26, from Clinton fled from the scene on foot after slamming his 2008 Ford F-150 pickup into the back of the trooper’s Dodge Charger.

The force of the crashed pushed the trooper’s car into a car it was stopped behind at the traffic light.

Troopers pursued the suspect and, after a brief struggle, placed him under arrest.

He was taken by EMSA to a local hospital where he was treated for a minor injury sustained in the crash and then transported to Oklahoma County Jail where he was booked in on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver license, resisting arrest, possession of CDS and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Trooper Perkins was treated and released from a metro hospital for her injuries and is expected to be back to work within a few days.


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