Police cruiser hit during traffic stop in Shrewsbury, officer and driver hospitalized

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SHREWSBURY — A police officer and a civilian were hospitalized with minor injuries Friday night after a Chevy Malibu struck a stationary police cruiser during a traffic stop on Boston Turnpike.

Officer Tim Charland had pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation around 9:15 p.m. on the westbound side of the road near 767 Boston Turnpike.

With the cruiser’s blue lights activated and parked on the right side of the two-lane roadway, it was hit by the Malibu shortly after Charland re-entered his vehicle.

The collision left the police cruiser with significant damage to its left side and a punctured left rear tire, leaving the vehicle inoperable.

Both Charland and the Malibu’s driver were taken to UMASS hospital for treatment and were later released.

A passenger in the Malibu, Christian George, 24, of Worcester, was found to have an outstanding warrant for Destruction of Property from Milford District Court.

George was arrested at the scene.

Members of the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s Crash Reconstruction team were dispatched to investigate the cause of the accident.

The Shrewsbury Police Department and CEMLEC are continuing their investigation into the crash.

The identity of the Malibu’s driver and any charges related to the incident have not been released as the investigation is ongoing.

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