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HPD: Drunk driver fails to move over for stopped Police SUVs

Damaged Police SUV
Damaged Police SUV(HPD)
Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 6:22 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Huntsville police officers have a message: MOVE OVER.

One man is now behind bars after police say he was drunk driving and hit a Huntsville Police SUV, causing damage to multiple vehicles, and minor injuries to one officer.

Brian Wesley Hardy
Brian Wesley Hardy(WAFF)
The accused drunk driver collided with the second Police SUV, causing it to collide into the...
The accused drunk driver collided with the second Police SUV, causing it to collide into the first Police SUV(HPD)

Tuesday night, two DUI Task Force officers were conducting a traffic stop on South Memorial Parkway. One officer was outside of the vehicle they pulled over. Another officer was in his patrol SUV.

That’s when officers say Brian Hardy rear-ended one of the officer’s patrol SUVs and caused it to collide into the other officer’s SUV in front of it.

One SUV was severely damaged, but thankfully, the officer was not inside when it happened. However, the second officer who was inside his patrol SUV had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. WAFF is told the officer has been released from the hospital and is doing okay.

Hardy was transported to the hospital and was later booked into the Madison County Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol. It has not yet been released who the driver involved was.

Moving over for stopped emergency vehicles on the road is a law in Alabama. In 2021, seven police officers across the country have died in vehicle crashes.

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