PALM BAY, Fla. – A drunk driver crashed into the back of a patrol car as the officer was stopped at a red light, according to the Palm Bay Police Department.
Police said the officer was stopped at the intersection of Minton Road and Americana Boulevard around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday when he felt an impact and looked in his rearview mirror to see that a gray sedan had hit his patrol car.
The driver, 32-year-old Daniel Noriega, was slurring his speech, smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, his face was red and he seemed confused, records show.
Officers said they saw a 16 ounce can of Natural Ice sitting on the floor in front of the driver’s seat.
Noriega refused to submit to a field sobriety test or Breathalyzer test and claimed he didn’t understand his rights, according to the affidavit.
Records show he urinated on himself while being arrested. He’s facing a DUI charge.
There were no injuries in the crash and the officer’s vehicle wasn’t damaged.
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