Drunk driver strikes police cruiser, injures officer

A San Angelo man who was allegedly driving while intoxicated was arrested after backing his vehicle into a police cruiser late Sunday, injuring a 42-year old San Angelo police officer.

According to a press release from the SAPD, the incident occurred just after 11:30 p.m. Sunday on the 300 block of Rio Concho Drive where San Angelo police were blocking traffic while providing assistance to other law enforcement agencies.

Sixty-four-year-old Manual Trevino Rodriquez of San Angelo was driving his Ford F250 pickup westbound on the 300 block of Rio Concho Drive, when he encountered the detour and was instructed by officers to turn around.
Rodriguez reportedly pulled into a nearby parking lot then reversed his truck back onto Rio Concho, where his tailgate hit an SAPD patrol vehicle, pinning its officer in between the officer’s door and vehicle’s passenger compartment.
The officer was retrieving something from inside his vehicle when the crash occurred.
When officers made contact with Rodriquez, they smelled the odor of alcohol coming from his person.
Rodriquez took and failed standardized field sobriety testing and was arrested for driving while intoxicated and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
The injured officer, who has been with the SAPD for seven and a half year, was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and later released.