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Passed-out driver awakens, hits Las Vegas police car, is arrested

A man suspected of driving while impaired was arrested in the eastern Las Vegas Valley on Monday morning after he ran into a police patrol vehicle.

Officers responded to call at 2:24 a.m. involving a white Toyota SUV stopped at the intersection of South Hollywood and East Charleston boulevards with an unconscious male driver, according to Metro Lt. David Gordon.

Officers positioned vehicles at the front and rear of the SUV to minimize danger if the driver woke up, Gordon said.

Officers attempted to wake the driver. When he regained consciousness, the driver accelerated forward, striking the bumper of the patrol vehicle. The driver stopped the vehicle and was taken into custody. Officers suspected impairment and administered field sobriety tests before arresting the man for DUI, Gordon said.

No injuries were reported. There was minor damage to both vehicles, Gordon said.

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