Paris officer hurt in rear-end crash


PARIS — An officer who was injured when his cruiser was struck from behind by a distracted driver Tuesday morning has been treated and released from the hospital, officials said.

Officer Michael Dailey was taken to Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway with minor neck and back injuries after the rear-end accident on Route 119, police Chief Michael Madden said in a news release. The accident occurred at approximately 6:50 a.m., he said.

Madden said Dailey’s cruiser was stopped in the southbound lane preparing to turn left onto Halls Pond Road when it was struck by a 2009 Chrysler Town & Country van operated by Faye Taylor, 57, of Old County Road in Bryant Pond. 

Taylor was not injured, but the van had heavy front-end damage. The 2013 Ford Interceptor cruiser driven by Dailey was also heavily damaged, Madden said.

The Norway Police Department investigated the accident. Officer Ron Cole said Taylor was distracted and following too closely on a curve.

No charges have been filed, Norway police Chief Robert Federico said.

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