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Saint Robert police car hit by woman later charged with drunk driving
SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (Sept. 22, 2009) — Police department officials in St. Robert reported Tuesday that an officer was injured in a patrol car wreck early Sunday morning.

According to a police department press release, Officer Philip Meckem, 24, was slowing down and approaching a red light at the corner of Missouri Avenue and Highway Z, commonly known as the “Ramada intersection,” driving a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car northbound on Missouri Avenue, while Michelle M. Huerth, 30, of St. Robert, was southbound in the left turn lane driving a 2002 Jeep.

“When the light turned green to allow the traffic to proceed north, the police vehicle entered the intersection, while the Huerth vehicle failed to stop for the red light and proceeded to make a left turn directly in front of the police vehicle causing the police vehicle to impact with the Huerth vehicle,” according to the press release.

Both vehicles sustained extensive damage in the crash and were removed by Jack’s Towing. St. Robert firefighters and Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel also assisted at the scene; Huerth sustained no injuries while Meckem was transported by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon with undetermined injuries.

St. Robert police arrested Huerth, transported her to the city police department, and subsequently cited her for driving while intoxicated, failure to stop at a red light, and careless and imprudent driving causing an accident.

In unrelated traffic arrests reported by the Missouri State Highway Patrol:

• Rollin E. Kelly, 19, of Dixon, was arrested by troopers in Pulaski County at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, on a a felony warrant from Texas County for larceny and a misdemeanor warrant from Texas County for property damage. Troopers transported him to the Pulaski County Jail where he was eligible for bond.

• Lindy A. Mason, 51, of Dixon, was arrested by troopers in Pulaski County at 10:19 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, on charges of driving while intoxicated, first offense, felony child endangerment, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Troopers transported her to the Pulaski County Jail where she was subsequently released.

• Jay E. Thompson, 51, of Waynesville, was arrested by troopers in Phelps County at 10:44 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, on charges of driving while intoxicated and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway. He was subsequently released.

• Kevin J. Malone, 39, of Dixon, was arrested by troopers in Pulaski County at 12:54 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, on charges of driving while intoxicated, not having vehicle insurance, and felony unlawful use of a weapon. Troopers released him to a sober driver.

• Jake M. Davidson, 24, of Indian Head, Md., was arrested by troopers in Pulaski County at 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, on charges of driving while intoxicated and of careless and imprudent driving. Davidson was transported to the Pulaski County Jail and subsequently released.

• Brian K. Beck, 42, of Plato, was arrested by troopers in Dent County at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, on warrants from Texas, Laclede and Pulaski counties for bad checks. Troopers transported Beck to the Dent County Jail where he was eligible for bond.

• Lance W. Atterberry, 24, of Roby, was arrested by troopers in Texas County at 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, on charges of driving while intoxicated, first offense, having inoperable tail lights and not using his seat belt. Troopers transported Atterberry to the Texas County Jail where he was subsequently released.

• Austin M. Hinrichs, 18, of Lake Ozark, was arrested by troopers in Pulaski County at 7:57 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, on charges of first degree tampering with a motor vehicle. Later in the day, troopers also arrested Justin D. Hartwick, 17, of Lake Ozark, on charges of first degree tampering with a motor vehicle, felony resisting arrest by fleeing, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Troopers transported both people to the Pulaski County Jail where they were placed on a 24-hour hold.

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