BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Brunswick police officer suffered minor injuries Tuesday night when his cruiser was struck from behind by another vehicle on Route 1.
Sgt. Ed Yurek was treated and released from Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick police Cmdr. Mark Waltz said Wednesday.
Yurek was sitting in his 2018 Ford Explorer, which was parked at an angle in the passing lane with his lights on, waiting for a tow-truck to pull another car from the median, where it had slid previously, when he was struck by a 2003 Audi driven by Destini Sidelinger, 23, of Damariscotta, according to Waltz.
Witnesses reported that the collision pushed the cruiser about 150 feet, Waltz said, “so it was a pretty significant hit.”
Roads were icy and the snow had just stopped falling, he said.
Yurek and Sidelinger were both treated and release from Mid Coast Hospital. Waltz said it is unclear how long Yurek will be out of work.
Two passengers in Sidelinger’s car, a 25-year-old man and a 4-year-old child, were not injured.
The driver of the car that previously slid off the road, 24-year-old Zacharias Rankin of Wiscasset, was not injured and his 1994 Lincoln Town Car was not damaged.
Sidelinger was issued civil summonses for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and imprudent speed.
Waltz estimated damage to the cruiser at $16,000 to $17,000.
Waltz said the incident reinforces the need to drive in accordance with road conditions.
“Unfortunately, it also reinforces the dangers of job in law enforcement, which is why it’s so difficult to recruit now,” he said.