Driver Collides Head On With Patrol Car In South Seattle

Officers continue to investigate a traffic collision that left an officer injured this morning in South Seattle.

Preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 5:48 a.m. an officer on patrol in a fully-marked police car was traveling northbound on Swift Avenue South. Just north of South Mars Street an adult male driver was traveling southbound in his gold 2003 Infiniti 4-door sedan. For reasons yet to be determined, the driver of the Infiniti sedan crossed over the centerline and collided with the officer head on (both involved male drivers were the sole occupants of their respective vehicles).

Fire department medics responded to the scene. The officer was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. The Infiniti driver was evaluated and treated at the scene and did not require transport.

Both involved vehicles were damaged to the point that they needed to be towed from the scene.

The driver of the Infiniti was evaluated for signs of impairment due to alcohol and/or drugs. No impairment was detected.

There were no citations issued at the scene, which is standard procedure in serious traffic collisions requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.