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Driver crashes into police cruisers, charged with DUI

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Two Loudoun County sheriff's deputies narrowly escaped serious injury early Sunday morning when an allegedly impaired driver crashed into their stopped cruisers along Route 28 near Dulles International Airport.

The deputies, Michael Ramirez and Tonmy Rodriguez, had just completed a traffic stop along the center shoulder of northbound 28 near Waxpool Road when officials say a car driven by 26-year-old Eric Stiber of Ashburn plowed into theirs.

The collision was captured on the dashboard camera of one of the cars.

"And fortunately, both of our deputies were able to get out of the way - just in time," says Sheriff Mike Chapman.

Off camera and still sitting in his car, Stiber can be heard speaking with the deputies.

"Are you guys ok?" he asks.

"Yeah. Thank God," says one of the deputies.

Sheriff Chapman says about a dozen law enforcement officers are killed each year in the U.S. during traffic stops. And he says last weekend's collision serves as a reminder to all of us who come upon a traffic stop to slow down and move over.

"That's the law," he says. "That you certainly proceed with caution, and if there's an avenue to change lanes to provide a little more room for the officer doing the traffic stop, you're required to do that as well."

A maneuver apparently made more difficult if you are impaired behind the wheel.

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