Cop in Patrol Car Slams Into Pedestrian Suspected of Being Drunk
Officer Tracy Turner said the accident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Monday when the 40-year-old man allegedly walked out of a crosswalk in front of the patrol car as he attempted to cross Howard Street.
Turner said the officer who was driving eastbound on Howard when the accident happened "observed he was under the influence of alcohol." The officer was traveling the speed limit at the time of the accident, Turner confirmed.
The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police are not releasing his name or any other information about him at this time, but said he was not cited.
Despite the frequency of jaywalking in San Francisco, Turner said "it's surprisingly rare," that an officer hits pedestrians -- or anyone for that matter.
"We like to think that we're more aware of what's going on," she said.