TURNER — A state police cruiser pulled over on Route 4 on Monday for a traffic stop was sideswiped by a minivan coming up behind it, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

Trooper Connor Willard wasn’t injured and the minivan driver was charged with failing to move over for an emergency vehicle.

“As the trooper was inside the cruiser completing paperwork, he heard the impact of a minivan as it scraped alongside his cruiser,” McCausland said in a news release. “The impact dislodged the van’s passenger side mirror.”

The cruiser had minor damage. The van driver’s name wasn’t immediately available. Those in the van and in the car Willard had pulled over were also uninjured.

Maine law requires motorists to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles with their lights on, McCausland said.

“When motorists see emergency lights, and that includes now orange for wreckers, they are to safely slow down or pull over to the left, to allow those emergency personal to work at roadside,” he said.


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