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After Longueuil police arrest drunk driver, his passenger hit by second drunk driver

Longueuil police had a busy morning Sunday as the arrest of one allegedly drunk driver led to the arrest of another — the second driver hit the first driver's passenger as she tried to cross the street in front of the police station.

Passenger hit by car while crossing street in front of police station, prompting second arrest

Police in Longueuil responded at an anonymous tip at 4 a.m. and pulled over a man suspected of being drunk. His passenger was then hit by a second allegedly drunk driver. (Mathieu Wagner/Radio-Canada)

Longueuil police had a busy morning Sunday as the arrest of one allegedly drunk driver led to the arrest of a second.

The first driver's 25-year-old passenger is now in hospital after she was hit by the second allegedly drunk driver in front of the police station.

It was about 4 a.m. when somebody called 911 anonymously to report a suspected drunk driver on Joliette Street, according to police spokesperson Const. Ghislain Vallières.

"The police intercepted the car right in front of the police station and the guy was arrested for drunk driving," he said.

At first, his passenger appeared to be waiting for a lift on the sidewalk, but then she decided to cross the street in front of the station which is located on Curé-Poirier Boulevard West, at the Joliette Street intersection.

That's when she was hit by a car in the presence of police. That car was driven by a man who was quickly arrested for driving drunk, said Vallières.

"She was transported to hospital, but her life is not in danger," he said. 

Because the woman was injured during a police intervention, Quebec's police watch dog, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), is looking into the matter.

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