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Driver charged for hit and run of police cruiser

A police car was hit by an alleged drunk driver at Westminster Highway and No. 5 Road on Aug. 4.  - Richmond RCMP photo
A police car was hit by an alleged drunk driver at Westminster Highway and No. 5 Road on Aug. 4.
— image credit: Richmond RCMP photo

A 28-year-old Vancouver man made his first appearance in Richmond provincial court Tuesday morning, on charges stemming from an Aug. 4 collision that injured one police officer, and narrowly missed two others.

Perkin Lai has been charged with impaired driving and driving while over the .08 blood/alcohol limit.

On Aug. 4, a Richmond Mountie pulled over a vehicle whose driver couldn't speak English, at Westminster Highway and No. 5 Road.

While the officer was in his vehicle, a car plowed into the rear passenger side of the cruiser, throwing the police officer into the steering wheel and dashboard of the vehicle, leading to a concussion and soft tissue damage.

Two other police officers, who had come to the scene to assist in providing translation services, also narrowly avoided being struck during the crash.

The officers from the second police cruiser gave chase, and a short time later, pulled over the vehicle, and arrested the driver for impaired driving.

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