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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Overland Park Police vehicle rear-ended on US-69

Posted: February 9, 2014 - 1:11am
Updated: February 9, 2014 - 4:19am

Aerial image of the area
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Overland Park Police are investigating after a patrol vehicle was rear-ended on U.S. 69 Highway this morning.

Officers were investigating a minor injury accident in the southbound lanes of the highway when a suspected intoxicated driver crashed into the back of a stopped police vehicle, about 12:50 a.m. Sunday.

No one was injured in the crash and officers have detained the driver for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The crash forced officers to shut down all southbound lanes of the highway between 179th Street and 199th Street. All southbound lanes were reopened before 3 a.m..

This morning's accident is the third collision involving stopped Overland Park patrol vehicles on area highways already in 2014.

On January 14th, an officer sustained minor injuries when her parked patrol vehicle was rear-ended in the northbound lanes of U.S. 69 Highway just to the south of 183rd Street as she was investigating an accident. Previous report.

Submitted photo of January 31st accident
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The second accident occurred on Interstate 435 near Metcalf Avenue on January 31st. Again, an officer was stopped on the side of the highway investigating an accident when his patrol vehicle was struck from behind. The officer suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released.

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