DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A police officer was injured during a car crash in downtown Dallas early Friday morning. The incident happened at about 5:30 a.m. in the intersection of Market Street and Young Street, just west of the Dallas Convention Center.
According to authorities, a black Chevrolet pickup truck passed through a red light and was struck by a Dallas Police Department squad car in the middle of the intersection. Law enforcement officials took the suspected pickup truck driver into custody and charged him with DWI. That driver has been identified as 34-year-old Gustavo Pinales.
Police did give the suspect a sobriety test before taking him to jail. This incident took place just hours before the Dallas Police Department laucnhes their ‘no refusal’ initiative for the long Labor Day weekend. That begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and lasts until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
The impact did significant damage to the squad car, ripping off its front bumper and injuring the police officer inside. An ambulance arrived on the scene and the officer’s arm was treated. He was later transferred to Baylor Medical Center at Dallas for follow-up treatment. Officials said that he is expected to be okay. His name has not been released.
A passenger in the pickup truck, identified as 18-year-old Ley Zamora, was also arrested for public intoxication.
Many surrounding streets in the downtown area were blocked off early Friday morning, just as rush hour traffic started to flow into the city.
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