RENTON, Wash. - A 36-year-old Renton police officer was injured Friday night after a driver of a pickup truck intentionally struck the officer’s patrol vehicle, according to police.
The incident happened before 8 p.m. when a Renton police officer stopped behind a vehicle for a red traffic light in the intersection of southbound Edmonds Avenue Northeast at Sunset Boulevard.
As the officer and the other vehicle were waiting for the signal to turn green, a Chevy Avalanche pickup traveling westbound on Sunset Boulevard Northeast turned right onto Edmonds Avenue Northeast.
According to police, the driver of the pickup intentionally drove toward and struck the patrol car.
The officer’s vehicle was hit on the driver-side rear door and quarter panel.
Police said the officer did not see the pickup coming towards him.
The officer was taken to Valley Medical Center to be treated for non-life threatening injuries to his head, shoulder and back.
Police said it is unknown at this time if the man driving the pickup was under the influence.
The Renton Police Department’s traffic unit will continue to investigate the collision and detectives are investigating the assault with a vehicle.