Metro police officer Rory O’Ferrell is recovering tonight from injuries he sustained when his parked police cruiser was struck head-on by another vehicle just after 4 p.m.
O’Ferrell, sitting near the intersection of Lewis and North Hill streets in the J.C. Napier public housing project, was completing a police report and had a suspect in the back seat when the crash occurred.
The other driver fled the scene, but was apprehended about a block away. Police suspect he was impaired, and a blood alcohol test will be conducted.
The officer suffered a wrist injury when the car’s air bags deployed. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. The suspect in O’Ferrell’s car was not hurt.