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MERIDIAN - A Meridian Police officer was hurt Wednesday night when his patrol car was sideswiped by a drunken driver, police say.

The officer was in the middle of a traffic stop at the intersection of North Meridian and East White Sands roads at about 10:30 p.m. when the crash happened. Police say he was about to get out of his vehicle when a pickup sideswiped the patrol car's driver side.

The pickup, driven by 37-year-old Jason Douglas Adkins of Meridian, then accelerated in an attempt to speed away from the crash, the officer said. The officer gave chase, catching up with Adkins when he stopped his pickup in the street near McMillan Road.

Police say Adkins admitted to the collision and the officer noticed he was slurring his words. He was arrested after failing field sobriety tests. Police say his blood alcohol content was double the legal limit.

Adkins has been charged with misdemeanors for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. He is due to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

The officer, who was not seriously injured, was treated and released at a local hospital.

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