Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 27-year-old man with vehicular assault for allegedly hitting a Puyallup police officers patrol car while driving a friend home from a Tacoma club.
The man has not yet been arraigned for the Oct. 19 crash at the intersection of South Fruitland and 84th Street East.
The officer suffered two spinal fractures in the accident, court records show.
The officer was driving through the intersection when the man ran a stop sign and T-boned his patrol car on the drivers side, according to charging papers.
The man allegedly told police hed only had two beers and slid through the stop sign because his tires were bald. Charging papers note that the man asked several times about the condition of the officer he struck.