Yukon police officer injured in crash

A police officer leaving the police station parking lot was hurt when his car was hit by a speeding vehicle, the police chief said. Jonathan Robert Russell, 21, of Oklahoma City, was arrested on complaints of driving under the influence of alcohol, transporting an open-container and speeding.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: September 4, 2013 at 11:11 am •  Published: September 4, 2013
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YUKON — Police officer Todd Hawthorne was hurt Tuesday night when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle, Police Chief John Corn said Wednesday.

The other driver was arrested on a complaint of driving under the influence, the chief said.

Hawthorne was responding to a nonemergency call about 9 p.m. when he pulled out of the police station parking lot onto Ranchwood Boulevard. A sport utility vehicle struck the driver's side of the police car.

Hawthorne was treated at OU Medical Center and released in good condition, Corn said. He has minor cuts, abrasions, a broken collar bone and two broken ribs. He was wearing his seat belt.

Jonathan Robert Russell, 21, of Oklahoma City, was arrested on complaints of driving under the influence of alcohol, transporting an open container and speeding.

Corn said the speed limit where the wreck happened is 35 mph, but Russell appeared to be going about 57 mph. Russell was taken to the Yukon city jail and will be booked into Canadian County jail Wednesday, Corn said.