Tennessee police officer recovering after being hit by suspected drunken driver

Tennessee police officer recovering after being hit by suspected drunken driver

August 10th, 2017 by Associated Press in Breaking News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee police officer remains hospitalized after being seriously injured in a suspected drunken driving crash.

The Metro Nashville Police Department says in a statement that around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Jesse Cox was patrolling the Madison area of Nashville when an SUV driven by 44-year-old Paul Jordan veered into the oncoming lane and collided with Cox's patrol car.

The 31-year-old officer suffered several broken bones. He continues to recover at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Jordan was taken to Skyline Medical Center for treatment. Officers suspected Jordan of being drunk. Upon his discharge from the hospital he was arrested on vehicular assault and DUI charges.

Jordan's passenger and owner of the SUV, 30-year-old Lindsey Penick, was arrested on a DUI charge for allegedly letting Jordan drive the SUV while drunk.