A Schenectady police officer who is awaiting trial himself on a misdemeanor related to an off-duty accident was injured on duty this morning after an allegedly drunk driver hit his patrol car, authorities said.
Officer Darren Lawrence was treated and released from Ellis Hospital this morning for neck and back pain.
Lawrence’s patrol car was hit just after 1:13 a.m. at Park Place and Union Street when a car driven by Niskayuna resident Aaron Kopp slammed into him, police said. Kopp’s last name was also identified as spelled Koop.
Lawrence pulled into the intersection after the light turned green. That’s when Kopp ran the light and broadsided the officer, police spokesman officer Christopher Wrubel said.
Kopp was arrested on one count of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, city court officials said.
Kopp had a blood alcohol content of .19 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent, Wrubel said.
Both Kopp and a passenger were uninjured. Both remained at the scene until police and paramedics arrived, Wrubel said.
Lawrence himself remains free on $1,000 bail on charges related to a October 2006 crash in Colonie.
He faces counts of misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident and violation harassment.
He is accused of fleeing the scene of the rollover and attacking passenger Mark Viscusi after the man insisted on calling police.
Lawrence denies being the driver, saying Viscusi was.
Lawrence , a six-year veteran of the Schenectady force, was suspended without pay for 30 days. He returned to duty by January 2007.
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