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Officer hurt in collision, suspect arrested on DUI charges

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A wreck on Sunday night left a South Lake Tahoe police officer and another motorist injured and closed Ski Run Boulevard at Highway 50 for about two hours.

Forrest Broderick, 20, of South Lake Tahoe was driving a maroon 1993 Lexus about 50 to 70 mph when he attempted to make a right turn from Ski Run onto Highway 50 heading east, according to a California Highway Patrol officer.

Witnesses told officers that the Lexus slid into the left front wheel of the Ford Explorer driven by Officer Brad Williams. A couple dozen flares that marked the 11:20 p.m. crash site sizzled on the pavement as Williams was loaded into an ambulance and transported to Barton Memorial Hospital. Williams was treated and released for pain to the right side of his rib cage and to his neck.

Broderick, who moved to South Shore from Tennessee four months ago, was booked on suspicion of felony drunken driving. He was transported to Barton where he was treated and released for pain in his neck and back and minor cuts and bruises.

Both vehicles received major damage. Firefighters had to pry Broderick from the Lexus. The air bag in Williams’ Explorer deployed. Both men were wearing seat belts.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

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“It was our officer involved,” said South Lake Tahoe police Sgt. Alex Schumacher. “We had an outside agency come in and do the investigation due to the amount of damage and the fact that people were hurt.”