Driver in jail after car hits St. Paul cop, robbery suspect during traffic stop

Police: drunk driver hit cop, robbery suspect at traffic stop
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A St. Paul police officer and a robbery suspect were hospitalized Friday night after getting sideswiped by a passing car.

The unidentified officer had just pulled over a "suspicious vehicle" near the site of an alleged robbery at Avon Street and Selby Avenue, KARE 11 reports. The cop and the suspected robber were talking outside the squad car when both were hit.

However,  a police spokesman tells the Star Tribune the officer "was able to push the suspect largely out of the way," while the car that hit them fled the scene.

According to the Pioneer Press, police quickly caught up with the vehicle and arrested the driver, a woman they say was under the influence of alcohol.

As for the officer and the person he'd pulled over, they don't seem to have been seriously hurt. Reports indicate they were taken to Regions Hospital to be checked out, though.

The Pioneer Press notes that neither had visible injuries, while KARE 11 says it's "unlikely either will have any ongoing" medical issues.

New Year's Eve DWI enforcement

It's probably a good time for a reminder that Minnesota authorities are stepping up their DWI enforcement over New Year's weekend.

Last New Year’s Eve, the Minnesota State Patrol made 152 DWI arrests – most of which came after midnight. The year before, state troopers arrested 174 people for drunken driving on New Year’s, KROC reported.

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