Updated: STAMFORD, Conn. — A Greenwich woman was charged with slamming into a marked Stamford Police cruiser as it went through a city intersection with its lights and sirens on at about 10:30 a.m. Friday, police said.
Officer Michael Califano, who was driving the cruiser, was transported by ambulance to Stamford Hospital, said police Sgt. Andrew Gallagher. Califano was treated and released for his injuries.
The driver of the 2008 Lexus RX400 was Victoria Cottongin, 55, of Oak Ridge Street in Greenwich, police said. She not injured but was issued a summons for obstruction of an emergency vehicle, Gallagher said.
The officer was southbound on Washington Boulevard with his lights and siren activated and slowed for the intersection at Bridge Street. As he passed through the intersection, he was struck on the passenger side by the eastbound Lexus, police said.
The force of the collision spun the police car 180 degrees, and it slammed into the west side guardrail on Washington Boulevard until coming to a rest facing north in the southbound lane, Gallagher said. The Lexus sustained damage to its front and came to rest in the intersection facing south, he said.
Here is a link to a Daily Voice video of the officer being helped from his vehicle.
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