Ala. Trooper hit by alleged drunk driver

Octavio Vargas (Source: Houston County Jail)
Octavio Vargas (Source: Houston County Jail)

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - An Alabama State Trooper is recovering after a late night crash in Dothan. The accident happened at 11:55pm Wednesday.

Octavio Avial Vargas, 21, of Dallas, Texas, was  driving a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe when he struck the officer's fully marked 2008 Ford Crown Victoria.

The patrol car was sitting in a construction zone at the seven mile marker on Ross Clark Circle with lights activated.

The Trooper was treated at the scene for non life-threatening injuries.

Vargas was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and placed in the Houston County Jail.

No further information is available for release as State Troopers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

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