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September 26, 2012
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Wash. trooper takes hit to stop wrong-way driver

When a taxi driver boxed him in, trooper knew erratic driver was heading his way

By PoliceOne Staff

SEATTLE — Police say a Washington State Patrol trooper took a hit from a wrong-way driver to stop him from careening down the road into other drivers.

The incident occurred Monday when trooper Andrew Boyer was dispatched to Highway 520, where a driver going west in the eastbound lanes had caused a crash between two vehicles attempting to avoid it, The Associated Press reported. As the oncoming car approached Boyer, a taxicab boxed him in.

"He knew he wasn't going to get out of that situation without hitting something," Spokeswoman Trooper Julie Judson said. "So he decided to make the best of it and potentially disable the wrong-way driver and avoid someone having a fatal collision farther down the road."

Boyer continued driving in a path he believed would cause the least damage until the crash occurred, breaking the patrol car's axle. Police said the 26-year-old driver continued until his vehicle broke down, then attempted to flee by jumping over a barrier.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with injuries from the crash and the fall.

Judson said several people called 911 about near-accidents resulting from incident.

"It didn't seem to faze him," she said. "Very dangerous."

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