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Driver crashes into ACSO patrol vehicle on I-84

The Ada County Sheriff's Office says initial reports indicate a 21-year-old man was driving west on the snow-slickened I-84 shortly after 5 a.m. (Photo Courtesy Ada County Sheriff's Office)

A car crashed into an Ada County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle on the side of Interstate 84 early Saturday morning.

Two deputies were investigating a rollover crash that happened earlier that morning on the westbound I-84, just east of Blacks Creek Road.

They were pulled over on the median side, had the emergency lights on and flares placed on the road when their patrol vehicle was hit.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office says initial reports indicate a 21-year-old man was driving west on the snow-slickened I-84 shortly after 5 a.m.

He did not slow down and move over into the right lane. He stayed in the left lane, lost control of his vehicle, and crashed into the back of the ACSO Tahoe.

One deputy was in the driver’s seat. The second deputy was standing outside, talking to the deputy sitting in the vehicle through an open window.

Both deputies saw what was about to happen. The one standing outside of the vehicle dove out of the way while the other braced for impact.

The car smashed into the rear driver’s side of the Tahoe, rolled over, and came to rest about 20 feet from the crash deputies were initially sent to investigate.

The driver's car and the patrol vehicle sustained heavy damage.

Paramedics treated the ACSO deputies at the scene and later took them to a local hospital, where they were treated and released.

The driver was treated at the scene. He was not taken to the hospital.

Idaho State Police cited the driver on a charge of reckless driving.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office says it is fortunate their deputies managed to avoid serious injury and it shows their ability to pay close attention to their surroundings at all times.

They say these types of crashes are the reason they ask drivers to slow down and move over when law enforcement vehicles are stopped on the side of any road. They say this is especially important during slippery winter driving conditions.

By 11 a.m. Saturday, ACSO says their dispatchers took reports on 25 crashes, three with injuries as well as ten slide-offs.

They are asking drivers to slow down and allow plenty of stopping distance when snow and ice cover the roads and highways.

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