An unoccupied Howard County police patrol car parked on the side of the road was struck by a drunk driver Saturday on Old Columbia Pike, police said.
The police officer who operates the vehicle was conducting a field sobriety test along with another officer at the time of the crash, police said.
Police said the driver of a 1999 Mazda Protege was traveling southbound on Old Columbia Pike at 12:30 a.m. Saturday when it sideswiped the patrol vehicle assigned to Police Officer First Class Nicholas Ventura.
Ventura's car had its lights on, police said.
Ventura and Police Officer First Class Jeremy Duncan, who parked his car in front of Ventura's, were conducting a field sobriety test. They were in front of Duncan's car when Ventura's car was hit and not injured, police said.
The driver of the Protege was identified as Sarah Nicole Curtain, 25, of Baltimore, police said. Curtain was charged with driving while intoxicated and several traffic violations, according to police.
The driver for whom the field sobriety test was being conducted during the time of the collision was also cited for driving while intoxicated, police said.
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A passenger in the Mazda Protege sustained a minor injury but refused medical treatment, police said.