Police: Teen distracted by phone runs red light, crashes into officers

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI/WISH) — Police say a teen distracted by her phone drove through a red light and crashed into a Lafayette police car Saturday, injuring her passenger and two officers.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of McCarty Lane and US 52 in Lafayette.

Lafayette police Lieutenant Joseph Clyde said a police car driven by Officer James Jarrett and his partner, Officer Lane Butler, was westbound on McCarty Lane.

Clyde said Shyanne Reynoso, 18, was allegedly looking down and distracted by the GPS on her phone when she ran a red light and collided with the police car in the intersection.

Both officers were taken to St. Elizabeth East Hospital and were later released after being treated. One of Reynoso’s passengers was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries and later released.

Reynoso was given a ticket for disregarding a traffic signal.

Both vehicles appeared to be totaled and had to be towed from the scene.

LPD told WLFI the officers were not responding to a call and they did not have their emergency lights on.

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