MOLINE, Ill. — A Moline man and an Illinois State trooper were injured when a Jeep crashed into a patrol vehicle on the shoulder of John Deere Road, according to a statement from the Illinois State Police.
The patrol vehicle, which had emergency lights flashing, was stationary on the eastbound side of the road, said police. The sergeant sitting inside had just finished a traffic stop on John Deere Road near John Deere Place.
Shortly after 8 p.m. on Monday, May 24, a green Jeep heading eastbound crossed the white fog line and hit the rear driver's side of the patrol vehicle, said police. The Jeep rolled several times.
Both the sergeant and the driver of the Jeep were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver is facing several charges, including a Scott's Law violation, which holds a fine between $250 and $10,000.
Police say in 2021 there have been 13 crashes in relation to Scott's Law violations in Illinois. Of those crashes, nine troopers have sustained injuries.
Scott's Law is often referred to as the "Move Over" law.
“ISP Troopers throughout the state risk their lives daily to keep our roadways safe,” stated District 7 Commander Captain Jason Dickey. “These crashes are completely preventable, and I am asking the public to avoid putting the lives of others at risk by making responsible choices when behind the wheel; Always drive sober and move over when you approach a stationary vehicle on the side of the road,” stated District 7 Commander, Captain Jason Dickey.