Horrifying moment ‘drunk driver’ rams into Illinois state trooper and is launched in the air before skidding down interstate
- Collision took place on May 24 in Moline, Illinois near state’s border with Iowa
- Matthew Scherer, 55, was driving green Jeep eastbound on John Deere Road
- Police say he veered onto shoulder and slammed into stationary police cruiser
- Illinois State Police trooper was inside vehicle having just finished a traffic stop
- Jeep hit rear driver’s side of trooper’s squad car and then flipped onto its roof
- The Jeep is seen in dash cam video skidding down the road some 50 yards
- Driver, trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospital
- Scherer is alleged to have been under influence of alcohol at time of collision
An alleged drunk driver rammed into an Illinois state trooper’s police car as it was standing on the shoulder of a highway, causing the motorist’s Jeep to flip over several times.
The Illinois State Police released dash cam footage of the May 24 incident which took place just after 8pm on John Deere Road in Moline, a town that lies along the Illinois-Iowa border about 180 miles west of Chicago.
According to authorities, an ISP sergeant who had just completed a traffic stop was seated in his marked police cruiser with the emergency lights still activated at around 8.07pm.
Moments later, a green Jeep traveling eastbound on John Deere Road crossed the white fog line and struck the rear driver’s side of the squad car.
Illinois state police released video showing the moment an alleged drunk driver rammed into a state trooper before his vehicle was launched into the air
The jeep then rolled over onto its roof and skidded some 50 yards down the highway.
Both the trooper and the driver of the Jeep sustained non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to a local hospital for treatment and then released.
The driver of the Jeep was identified as Matthew Scherer, 55, of Moline.
Investigators allege that Scherer was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.
He has been charged with Scott’s Law.
The Illinois State Police released dash cam footage of the May 24 incident which took place just after 8pm on John Deere Road in Moline, a town that lies along the Illinois-Iowa border about 180 miles west of Chicago. It opens with a car pulling back on the highway after it was stopped by a trooper at around 8.07pm
After striking the trooper’s vehicle the Jeep rolled over onto its roof and skidded some 50 yards down the highway
Both the trooper and the driver of the jeep sustained non-life-threatening injuries. They were taken to a local hospital where they were treated for their injuries and released
Also known as the ‘Move Over’ Law, it is an Illinois statute that requires drivers to slow down and, if possible, change lanes whenever approaching an emergency or police vehicle on the side of the road.
Scherer was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improper lane usage, failure to wear a seatbelt, and not having his driver’s license on his person.
If convicted, he faces fines that could exceed $10,000 as well as possible suspension of his license for up to two years.
‘ISP Troopers throughout the state risk their lives daily to keep our roadways safe,’ said District 7 Commander Captain Jason Dickey.
‘These crashes are completely preventable, and I am asking the public to avoid putting the lives of others at risk by making responsible choices when behind the wheel.
‘Always drive sober and move over when you approach a stationary vehicle on the side of the road.’