Four patrol cars were hit by a car around 3:27 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release. Two troopers were injured as a result of being hit while trying to evade the car.
A white 2013 Lexus, driven by Patrick J. Willis, was exiting Interstate 485 outer loop to U.S. 29. The car failed to reduce speed to negotiate the turn at the top of the ramp and hit the raised concrete curb at the top of the ramp.
The Lexus then crossed northbound U.S. 29 and hit the four patrol cars that were parked and performing traffic duty for the upcoming Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race. Sgt. E.T. Suttles and Trooper J.M. Cockerham were injured after being hit by the Lexus.
A 9-year-old child was restrained in the front passenger seat.
Trooper J.R. Hall captured the collision on an in-car video system. Two of the patrol cars and the Lexus had to be towed.
The injured troopers were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries to their legs.
Willis was found to have a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, according to troopers. He was arrested by Trooper J.M. Jolly for DWI, reckless driving and child abuse. Troopers said the lower of two breath test readings for Willis was .14.