Trooper Injured While Approaching Suspected Drunk Driver

A Massachusetts State Police trooper is in the hospital after he was struck by a car in Lynn Friday night, shortly after stopping another vehicle.

The trooper, whose name has not been released, had stopped an alleged drunk driver when State Police say the driver, Nestor Mendez, 25, tried to flee and drove at the trooper as he approached the car, causing him to jump out of the way. The trooper was then struck by a second vehicle.

The trooper was transported to Salem Hospital with upper and lower body injuries. He was said to be conscious and alert.

Mendez was apprehended shortly after. He was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; assault and battery on a police officer; leaving the scene of a personal injury crash; and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

This program aired on May 5, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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