Crime & Courts

SC man charged with DUI after crashing head-on into patrol car

A suspected drunken driver crashed head-on with this York County Sheriff’s Office patrol car on May 9.
A suspected drunken driver crashed head-on with this York County Sheriff’s Office patrol car on May 9. York County Sheriff’s Office

A Rock Hill man was charged with drunken driving after crashing his truck into a parked York County patrol car this weekend.

Cesar Cortez, 23, was charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol with DUI, according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller. Cortez was traveling south on North Cherry Road about midnight Saturday when his GMC truck traveled left into the median and hit the patrol car head-on.

The deputy was sitting in his patrol car in the roadway median when the other vehicle crashed into his vehicle, said Trent Faris, a York County sheriff’s spokesman. The patrol car did not have its blue lights on.

Cortez, his passenger and the deputy were taken to Piedmont Medical Center, Miller said. Both were wearing seat belts. Faris said the deputy suffered minor injuries.

The collision is being investigated by the S.C. Highway Patrol. Faris said the Sheriff’s Office might be able to release the dash-cam video once it has been downloaded from the wrecked patrol car.

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