Driver collides with Centreville police cruiser, three injured

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CAHOKIA, Ill. – Three people were taken to hospitals after a crash involving a Centreville police officer.

The crash happened at Illinois 157 and Illinois 163, near the St. Louis Downtown Airport.

According to police, a driver had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and thought they were approaching a DWI checkpoint.

Police said the driver attempted to do a U-turn to avoid it but wound up striking a Centreville police cruiser.

An officer in the cruiser was taken to a hospital, as were two people in the other vehicle.

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