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(Updated) Police: Suspected Drunken Driver Hits Cruiser Head-On

The Tolland resident driving the car was to appear in court Monday.

Upated Oct. 15, 4:07 p.m.

A Veteran Vernon Police officer escaped serious injury after his cruiser was hit head-on by a suspected unlicensed drunken driver early Thursday morning, according to a news release.

The driver, a Tolland resident, was to appear in court Thursday afternoon to face DUI, operating a motor vehicle without a license and failure to drive right charges, police said.

According to a news release, at 1:15 Thursday morning, Officer Richard Tedford was in his cruiser, stopped at a traffic light, facing north on Grove Street.

A car operated by Roberto Reinoso, 45, of 99 Old Kent Rd., Tolland, was on East Main Street at the same time, police said. According to a news release, Reinoso attempted to negotiate a tricky curve from East Main Street onto Grove Street and his vehicle crashed into the cruiser.

Other charges could be filed against Reinoso and he was held overnight on a $50,000 bond while awaiting the court appearance, police said.

The bond was reduced in court to $10,000, which Reinoso posted, and the case was continued until Dec. 13, a court clerk said.

Tedford has been on the job 10 years, according to a news release. He was treated and released at Rockville General Hospital for minor injuries, according to a news release.

Police said Reinoso's air bag deployed in the crash, but he refused medical treatment.

The crash is being investigated by officers from Metro Traffic Services, a regional consortium of police.

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