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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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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.