Henderson Cop Hit, Hurt By Suspected Drunk Driver

Officer Was Clearing Unrelated Crash At The Time

Associated Press
March 04, 2020 - 6:39 am
Mugshot of DUI suspect Joseph Allen Smith

Henderson PD

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HENDERSON, NV (AP) — A Henderson police officer was injured Tuesday when his parked patrol vehicle was struck by a car driven by a 27-year-old driver who has been arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge, authorities said.

The officer was taken to a hospital in stable condition and motorist Joseph Allen Smith of Las Vegas was arrested after the crash about 8 a.m. near Green Valley Parkway and Sunset.

Accident scene at Sunset/GV Parkway on 3-3-20
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Police say the officer was investigating an unrelated crash and was seated in the patrol vehicle with its emergency lights activated when a 2018 Hyundai drove around on of the cars involved and hit the police vehicle.

Smith was being held at the Henderson Detention Center pending an initial court appearance at which he is expected to have an attorney named to represent him.