Troopers injured after vehicle crashes into squad cars during stop, driver facing DUI charge

HARVEY, Ill. — Two troopers were hurt after a suspected drunk driver crashed into one of their squad cars during a traffic stop early Sunday, according to Illinois State Police.

In a statement, the ISP said the officers were conducting a routine traffic stop on the shoulder of southbound I-57 near 119th Street around 2 a.m. Sunday when a car slammed into the rear end of one squad car, shoving it into the other.

Both troopers, and the driver and passenger of the vehicle that had been pulled over, were transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to officials.

Officers arrested 38-year-old Clarence Junius at the scene, and he’s now facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence and Scott’s Law, which requires drivers to move over when approaching officers making a traffic stop.

Junius’ car and the two squad cars had to be towed away from the scene.

Clarence P. Junius (Image: Illinois State Police)

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