Man arrested after pickup slams into trooper's patrol car in southeast Oklahoma City

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper is recovering from minor injuries. The trooper was in a patrol car that struck from behind by a pickup Sunday. The driver has been arrested.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: October 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm •  Published: October 28, 2013
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An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper suffered minor injuries early Sunday when her patrol car was rear-ended by a pickup in Oklahoma City, the patrol reports.

Trooper Mystal Perkins, 23, was on duty in her patrol car about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when she was struck from behind while stopped at a red signal light at SE 29 and S Walker Avenue, according to a news release from the patrol.

The force of the crashed pushed the trooper's car into another car stopped at the traffic light.

The pickup driver, Juan Gonzalez, 26, of Clinton, fled the scene on foot. Troopers chased Gonzalez and arrested him, according to the news release.

He was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was treated for a minor injury suffered in the crash. He was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license, resisting arrest, possession of controlled and dangerous substance, and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Perkins was treated for her injuries and is expected to be back to work within a few days.


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