Cop hurt in hit-and-run

A Bremerton police officer was treated and released for injuries after an allegedly drunk driver totaled his patrol cruiser at around 10:40 p.m. on Saturday.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the unidentified 43-year-old Bremerton police officer was traveling westbound on Kitsap Way when John J. L. Willey, 41, entered the roadway from a business in the 4200 block of the road.

After striking the black and white cruiser, the state patrol says that Willey, who was driving a black 2012 GMC sport utility vehicle, fled the scene eastbound and abandoned the SUV near Marine Drive.

Willey then allegedly fled the scene on foot. Willey was eventually apprehended by law enforcement and the roadway was blocked for about 3.5 hours as officers investigated the crash.

The state patrol says that alcohol and/or drugs played a role in the collision. Willey was taken into custody under investigation of DUI, felony hit-and-run and illegal possession of a firearm. The SUV was impounded by the state patrol at its bullpen.


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