HOUSTON - A Houston police officer was lucky to escape with only minor injuries after a pickup slammed into his patrol car early Saturday morning.

The officer was directing traffic around an accident at about 4 a.m. on Highway 290 when the pickup slammed into his patrol car. The officer was inside the car at the time, but again wasn t seriously hurt.

The driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital. He faces charges since the officer believes that driver was drunk.

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