San Angelo police officer injured by intoxicated driver

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A San Angelo police officer was injured Monday morning after an intoxicated driver struck two parked San Angelo Police Department vehicles.

A 57-year-old San Angelo man was charged with driving while intoxicated after he collided with the two vehicles, injuring one of the officers, according to a press release from the SAPD.

The two SAPD patrol vehicles were legally parked in the 1000 block of East 14th Street, when their vehicles were struck by gray 2009 Toyota Corolla at approximately 11:16 a.m. The officers were at the location on an unrelated call.

According to police, the driver of the Corolla was identified as Rick Alan Waddell of San Angelo. Waddell was headed eastbound on 14th Street when he struck the first unit, a Chevrolet Tahoe. The force of the collision caused the Tahoe to crash into the second PD unit, a Dodge Charger.

The Charger was occupied by a 25-year-old male officer who has been with the department for two and a half years. The officer sustained non-incapacitating injuries and was transported by ambulance to Community Medical Center. He was later released.

When Waddell exited his vehicle, he showed signs of intoxication, according to the release. Waddell was unable to perform standardized field sobriety tests because of his inability to maintain his balance.

Detectives obtained a search warrant  for a blood specimen. At the conclusion of the blood draw, Waddell was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.