LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas officers were hit by a suspected impaired driver earlier Tuesday morning.
The crash happened near Paradise Road and Twain Avenue just before 4:30 a.m. that involved two officers, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
One of the officers was transported to a nearby hospital in serious condition with the driver of the other vehicle in custody.
According to a recent study, compared to an average night on the weekend, there are 71 percent more crashes with drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor between Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 1 at 6 a.m.
Retired police sergeant Richard Strader worked New Year's Eve and New Year's Day for many years and said that time could indeed be dangerous.
"I'm so glad I didn't have to be out there last night, but I thought about all of those officers who were. You think about it every night because you leave your family," Strader said. "Everyday an officer's primary goal is to come home at the end of their shift.