Salina officer suffers minor injuries in crash

Published On: Feb 19 2014 04:09:58 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 19 2014 06:40:49 PM CST
SALINA, Kan. -

A Salina police officer suffered minor injuries around 10 p.m. Tuesday when the patrol car he was driving struck the back of a pickup truck at the corner of Ohio and Lewis streets.

Officer David Villanueva was northbound on Ohio and didn’t see a pickup driven by Ray Winters, 17, 2145 Lewis, according to Capt. Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department. Winters was stopped, waiting to turn left from Ohio onto Lewis.

Sweeney said he hopes other officers learned from the incident, and that these type of accidents are rare in his department.

"They have a lot of things that can be distracting," Sweeney said. "They have to look at other vehicles in the area, responding to calls and quite a bit of equipment they have to monitor why they are patrolling."

Villanueva, 52, was later treated at Salina Regional Health Center for scrapes on an arm caused by deployment of the airbag, Sweeney said.

The patrol car sustained front-end damage and was towed from the scene. The pickup still could be driven.

Sweeney said the crash will be reviewed by the city prosecutor, Chris Getty.