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Crash with impaired driver injures Fairfax officer, Pr. William police say

Prince William County Police said a man driving under the influence of alcohol ran a red light Saturday evening and caused a crash that seriously injured a 43-year-old Fairfax County police officer.

The officer, who was not identified, was taken by helicopter to an area hospital with injuries that include fractured ribs and a collapsed lung, police said. He was driving a 2005 GMC Savana that is owned by Fairfax County Police.


Cook. (Pr. William Police)

The driver of the other vehicle, John Aubrey Cook, 43, of the 21000 block of Penola Road in Ruther Glen, was treated for injuries at a local hospital and released, police said. Cook's 23-year-old daughter, who was riding with him, was seriously injured.

The crash occurred shortly after 5 p.m. in Prince William County at the intersection of Prince William Parkway and University Boulevard, according to Prince William County police.

Police said Cook was driving a 1999 Ford Expedition north on Prince William Parkway when he ran a red light and struck the Savana the officer was driving. The officer was making a left turn from University Boulevard on to Prince William Parkway at the time, police said. The Savana struck a utility police before coming to a stop on the side of the road.

Cook was charged with maiming another person as the result of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended operator's license, and marijuana possession, police said.

He is being held without bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 2.

-- Maria Glod

By Maria Glod  |  April 5, 2010; 2:44 PM ET
Categories:  Maria Glod , Pr. William , Traffic Accidents  
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