KENNEWICK, WA – On Tuesday, a man in Finley struck two patrol cars. One of the vehicles was a brand new Kennewick police car.
It was fairly beaten up, but the most amazing thing is that the carriage of the car was not crushed or caved in. the responding officer to the scene of a domestic disturbance was not inside the vehicle when another car landed on top of it. Even if she was, Kennewick police believe she would have survived. The front windshield was cracked and all of the air bags deployed. Officers say the car did exactly what it was supposed to; absorb the impact force and protect the interior.
"This is a traumatic event as you can imagine for that to happen," said Scott Child, a patrol commander for Kennewick Police. "Our officer is doing well. This is one of these things where we're proud of out officer's actions that day. The officers took evasive action that actually got them out of harms way and protected their lives that day."
While the Kennewick police department is left to deal with the damages from the crash, they are glad that they're not dealing with an injured officer. The patrol cars usually run about 45 to $50,000 depending upon what equipment is inside. The computers the car is equipped with are about six thousand dollars alone.