Two Charleston police officers narrowly missed getting hit by an SUV on Interstate 64

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UPDATE:

Charges are pending against the driver in an early morning accident involving two Charleston, WV police cruisers.

Police said Brett Dunlap, 26 of South Charleston, WV was drunk when he got behind the wheel of an SUV and headed west on I-64.

Dunlap smashed into two Charleston police cruisers, which were parked on the side of the road for another accident.  Both cruisers had their lights on, police said.

Police said the driver involved in the eastbound accident has also been charged.  Jeremy Phillips was charged with aggravated DUI for crashing his vehicle near the Oakwood Road exit around 3 a.m.

Charges against Dunlap are pending once toxicology reports are completed.

Police said Dunlap did not adhere to the state's 'Move Over' law.  This applies to drivers approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, like a police cruiser.  

Under the law, drivers are required to change to a non-adjacent lane if it's safe to do so.  If not, drivers must slow down to no more than 15 mph on a non-divided highway or 25 mph on a divided highway, police said.

 

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ORIGINAL:

Two Charleston police officers narrowly missed getting hit by an SUV this morning.

Officers were responding to an alcohol-related accident on I-64 east around 3 a.m., according to authorities.

They parked their cruisers in the westbound emergency lanes of I-64.

Shortly after arriving on scene, an SUV smacked into one cruiser, causing a chain reaction into the other cruiser.

Investigators tell 13 News the driver of the SUV admitted to drinking at a bar in downtown Charleston before the accident.  The passenger had also been drinking.

Both people still had their bar wristbands on when they were put in an ambulance, police said.  They suffered minor injuries and are expected to be okay.

Authorities said drivers should always slow down and move over when police cruisers are parked on the side of the road and have their lights on.

The names of those involved in both accidents haven't been released.

The man driving the SUV is facing DUI related charges.  It's unclear if those involved in the first accident have been charged with anything.

Interstate 64 is now open in both directions.

Stay with 13 News and WOWKTV.com for the latest on this developing story.


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