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Man faces drunken driving charge after crashing into patrol car

10:46 AM, Sep 29, 2013   |    comments
Richard Allen Nielson - (Photo courtesy of WESH)
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ST. CLOUD, Fla. -- Richard Allen Nielsen, 49, is accused of drunken driving after he crashed in to a patrol car Saturday night in St. Cloud, police said.

Nielsen was driving on Old Canoe Creek Road near Neptune Road when he struck a St. Cloud police cruiser at 10:45 p.m., police said. Nielsen ran from the scene, but officers caught him nearby a short time later, police said.

Nielsen was charged with driving under the influence with serious bodily injury, DUI with property damage, failure to obey a police order to stop, and aggravated fleeing and eluding, police said.

Nielsen and the officer in the patrol car were taken to hospitals for treatment. The officer was released from the hospital, but Nielsen was still being treated Sunday morning.

Police closed Old Canoe Creek Road overnight to investigate the crash and the intersection has reopened.


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