Fairfield, Connecticut, police Chief Gary MacNamara is in the hospital undergoing tests after his cruiser was rear-ended by a local woman driving with a 7-month-old child in the backseat, according to police.
Fairfield police spokesman Lt. James Perez said MacNamara was driving on Reef Road around 9 a.m. Tuesday when a BMW slammed into the back of his unmarked cruiser. MacNamara’s car was pushed forward into another vehicle ahead of him.
The BMW then crossed the street and struck a brick building next to the Firehouse Deli. No one in the building was hurt, Perez said.
MacNamara was conscious at the scene and was concerned about the other people involved in the crash. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he is undergoing tests. His cruiser was struck so hard, the driver’s seat slid back on impact, according to Perez.
The woman driving the BMW and her child were also taken to the hospital but appear to be OK, Perez said. The third driver was shaken up but uninjured.
Two accident reconstruction teams are at the scene investigating the cause of the crash. Perez said the woman’s cellphone has been confiscated as evidence. It’s unclear whether distracted driving played a role or if she suffered a medical problem.
No charges have been filed.