An Omaha police officer was injured Sunday when a semi rear-ended his police cruiser.
The patrol car had been parked along eastbound Interstate 80, south of L Street, for a traffic stop when the crash occurred about 6:20 p.m.
A police dog that was in the back of the Ford Crown Victoria did not appear to be injured, said Officer Michael Pecha, a police spokesman.
The officer was identified as Troy Liebe. Paramedics considered his injuries serious but not life-threatening en route to the Nebraska Medical Center. Monday morning, police said he was sore but OK after the incident.
Liebe had pulled over a vehicle onto the inside shoulder of the Interstate, had talked to the driver and returned to the police cruiser, Pecha said. The semi truck's driver, Thomas Tieskotter, 56, of Spanaway, Wash., was pulling onto the shoulder and apparently didn't notice the stopped police car, Pecha said.
Tieskotter was booked by the Nebraska State for DUI-Drugs, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, having an alcoholic beverage in a commercial vehicle and having an open container, according to an Omaha police press release.
— Susan Szalewski