A police officer was injured at 7:05 p.m. Monday following a collision at the intersection of South Virginia and East Second streets with one driver allegedly driving while under the influence, according to a Hopkinsville Police Department report.

The report states Alexander Cortez, 32, Cadiz, a police officer, was driving north on South Virginia in his police cruiser while Daron Bell, 42, Hopkinsville, was driving east on East Second.

Bell allegedly failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection and collided with the side of Cortez’s vehicle.

Cortez was transported to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for minor injuries following the collision, the report added.

Bell was allegedly unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person, the report said.

Bell was then given several sobriety tests to which he allegedly failed and blew .171 on a breathalyzer, according to the report.

Bell was also found to have two prior DUIs, and his license was suspended until 2022, the report added.

Bell was arrested and lodged in the Christian County Jail on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (third offense), driving on a DUI suspended license and possessing a license when privileges are revoked.

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