Alleged hit-run driver struck police officer's car

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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It’s always a bad idea to crash your car into another and drive away, but when the car you hit is driven by an off-duty Portland police officer, it’s off the charts.

Particularly if you’ve allegedly been drinking and it’s 9 a.m.

Wednesday morning, Maureen Olivier, 43, was at Northeast 112th Avenue and Ninth Street when she made a left turn into the path of a southbound car and hit it, said Sgt. Steve Dobbs with the Vancouver Police Department.

Olivier kept going west on Ninth, the officer followed, and she stopped in the 10800 block of Ninth, Dobbs said.

The Portland officer called for Vancouver police, who gave Olivier field-sobriety tests and took her to jail on suspicion of DUI and hit-run driving, Dobbs said. She is a Vancouver resident.

Dobbs said it didn’t appear the Portland officer was injured.