Man faces fifth DUI offense after crashing into Smyrna Police cruiser, injuring officer and detainee

A 62-year-old man is facing his fifth DUI offense after crashing his vehicle into a Smyrna Police vehicle, injuring the officer and detainee.

Smyrna Police say the incident happened on Wednesday (April 6) just before 11:00 a.m. on US 13 near Cory Lane, where Paul Reed allegedly driving his red pickup truck recklessly.

An officer attempted to stop Reed, but allegedly fled after side-swiping another vehicle. A short distance later, Reed struck another Smyrna officer’s cruiser while he was conducting a traffic stop in the northbound lane and coming to a stop.

Nearby fire crews and paramedics rescued the officer, who was entrapped in the vehicle. The detainee was able to get out of the vehicle. Both the officer and detainee were transported to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Reed was also transported to the hospital. Following his release, he was charged with his fifth DUI offense and also faces several other charges:

Disregarding a Police Officers signal

Possession of ammunition by a person prohibited

3 counts of Reckless Endangering 2nd degree

2 counts of Vehicular Assault 2nd degree

28 other traffic offenses

Paul Reed (Smyrna Police Department)

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