A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy was in a critical care unit after her patrol vehicle hit a suspected drunken driver's car Thursday night and sent it rolling down an embankment in Parkland.
Sydney Davis, 25 and in her second year with the department, was taken to a local hospital after suffering fractures in the crash. She was expected to spend several days in the hospital and be out of work "for quite some time," sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.
The 25-year-old driver was not hurt in the wreck and was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault and DUI.
The incident happened about 9:50 p.m. when the man pulled out of a bar parking lot at 125th Street South and Pacific Avenue South.
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Traveling north on Pacific Avenue were three deputies, in patrol cars using emergency lights and sirens, on their way to a domestic violence call that involved a weapon, Troyer said.
Authorities believe the man saw the first two patrol vehicles as they came up from behind him but not the third, driven by Davis.
The deputy tried to avoid the driver, but clipped his car and her patrol vehicle rolled down an embankment, coming to a stop on its wheels in the Paradise Lanes Entertainment Center parking lot.
The Washington State Patrol is investigating the crash.
Pierce County firefighters tweeted well-wishes for the deputy on Friday: "Our love and thoughts are with our sister for a speedy recovery."