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Illinois State Trooper vehicle hit by suspected drunk driver after traffic control, video shows


The vehicle of an Illinois State Trooper was hit by an allegedly drunk driver last Monday in Moline, according to the authorities.

The sergeant had passed a traffic control and was parked on the hard shoulder with flashing emergency lights when a green jeep crossed the white fog line and crashed into the rear driver’s side of the car, the Illinois State Police said in a publication.

The dashcam video of the incident shows the jeep that police said was driven by Matthew Scherer, 55, which rolled several times after colliding with the sergeant’s car.

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The dashcam video of the incident shows the green jeep rolling several times after entering the sergeant's car

The dashcam video of the incident shows the green jeep rolling several times after entering the sergeant’s car
(Illinois State Police)

Both drivers were taken to nearby hospitals with minor injuries, the police said.

“ISP troops across the state risk their lives every day to keep our roads safe,” said District 7 commander, Captain Jason Dickey. “These accidents are completely preventable and I ask the public not to endanger the lives of others by making responsible choices behind the wheel; Always drive soberly and move around when approaching a stationary vehicle on the side of the road. “

The driver faces multiple charges, including Scott’s Law (move over law), drinking and driving, and reckless driving.

A person who breaks Scott’s law is committing a business offense and faces a maximum fine of $ 10,000 for the first breach, police said. If the offense leads to injury to another person, the offender’s license will be suspended for at least six months.

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In 2021, there were 13 accidents related to Scott law violations in Illinois, police said. At least nine soldiers were injured in these accidents.

ISP District 7 sergeant has yet to be identified.

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Moline is about 160 miles southwest of Chicago.

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