A 37-year-old man is in jail on suspicion of driving under the influence after police say he sideswiped a Meridian Police Department patrol car late Wednesday.
A Meridian police officer was conducting a traffic stop at 10:30 p.m. at North Meridian Road and East White Sands Street when a 2011 Ford F150 pickup driven by Jason Douglas Adkins sideswiped the driver side of the patrol car, according to a news release. The crash occurred before the unidentified officer had exited his patrol vehicle.
Police say Adkins sped away from the crash. The officer pursued, and Adkins stopped his truck in the lanes of traffic at North Meridian and McMillan roads. Adkins acknowledged crashing into the patrol car, the release states. The officer said Adkins' speech was heavily slurred. He was given field sobriety tests and then placed under arrest.
Adkins' blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit, police say. He was arrested on suspicion of excessive DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.
The officer whose vehicle was struck was treated and released at a local hospital.