Vernon Police cruisers are "out of service" after being involved in two separate crashes on Thursday evening.
The first crash was reported in the area of 297 Vernon Ave. around 8:45 p.m. A cruiser was on patrol headed northbound when police said a 2006 Nissan Sentra driving “erratically” crossed over the double yellow line and crashed into a 2007 GMC Yukon. The Yukon crashed into the front of the cruiser. The cruiser was also hit by the officer head-on.
Vernon Police Officer Thomas Phelps suffered “minor injuries.” He was treated and released from Rockville General Hospital.
Police said the driver of the Sentra, 32-year-old Khong Saeng-Aly, of Manchester was rushed to Rockville General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of Yukon reported no injuries to police.
Vernon Avenue was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash. Police said charges will likely be filed against Saeng-Aly
The second crash was reported about a mile away from the first one. A 2005 Nissan Pathfinder was traveling erratically southbound in the area of 64 Vernon Ave. around 10:10 p.m.
When the officer tried to stop his vehicle, police said the Pathfinder crashed into the front end of the cruiser. Police said the cruiser sustained “significant damage.”
The Pathfinder driver, 32-year-old Malika Delaney, told police that she was “learning how to drive at night time and panicked after being stopped by the police.” Delaney only has a Connecticut learner’s permit, police said.
Police cited Delaney with an infractions ticket for failure to drive right and unsafe backing.
Officer James Grezgorek did not report any injuries to police.
Police said both cruisers “are out of service due to the damage each sustained.”
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