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Impaired Driver Hits Police Cruiser in Head On Crash

Franktown Road just west of Richmond was the scene of yet another accident Sun., Aug. 8, and this time it was an Ottawa Police officer who was injured.

The officer was travelling on Franktown Road near Joy’s Road, close to where Perth Street becomes Franktown. A 44-year-old woman swerved into the other lane and hit the cruiser head on. She was charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

The male officer suffered injuries and is recovering at home. The woman, meanwhile, is in hospital with serious injuries.

A police officer was injured after his cruiser was hit head on by an impaired driver Sun., Aug. 8 in Richmond. (Ottawa Police photo/Twitter)

Ottawa Police Sgt. Maria Keen posted on Twitter that she was thankful the situation was not worse.

“This was one of my officers,” Keen wrote. “As a Sgt., this is something you never want to hear about over the air or attend. So thankful their injuries weren’t as bad as it could have been.”

The crash happened a week after the Ottawa Police conducted a long weekend impaired driving blitz. “Operation .08” involved the Ottawa Police Service, the OPP, the RCMP, the Military Police, and MADD Ottawa. Nineteen drivers within Ottawa’s city boundaries were charged with impaired driving, including seven who were involved with collisions which caused either injuries or property damage.