A Corpus Christi Police Officer was transported to the hospital by ambulance after his patrol unit was struck by a vehicle driven by a 20-year-old man on the JFK Causeway Wednesday morning.

The 46-year-old Officer was in the Chevy Tahoe patrol unit when the unit was hit from behind by a white 2000 Ford Ranger driven by a 20-year-old man. Both the Officer and the 20-year-old man were transported to the hospital for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Crash Investigators detected evidence that the 20-year-old man had consumed alcoholic beverages which they believe may have contributed to the crash. The Officer and the 20-year-old man remained at the hospital for treatment at the time of this post. The road was partially closed while emergency crews worked the crash scene from 2:48 a.m. until 4:09 a.m.

Update: The 20-year-old operator of the Ford Ranger was released from the hospital and identified as Austin Roberts (6/7/1993). Roberts was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and delivered to the city detention center.