LITTLETON, MA (WHDH) — Police in Littleton arrested an Ayer man after he was involved in a head-on collision with a police cruiser.

According to police, Timothy Walsh, 31 of Ayer, was charged with his third OUI offense and negligent operation of a vehicle.

At approximately 10 p.m., an officer responded to Ayer Road for a report of an erratic driver. The officer saw the car on the shoulder of the road facing the wrong direction.

The vehicle re-entered the roadway and struck the cruiser head-on, despite the officer’s best attempts to avoid impact.

The officer was able to lessen the impact of the crash, checked Walsh for injuries, and secured the scene.

It was determined that Walsh was under the influence of drugs. He was transported to an area hospital and released into police custody.

The officer was also transported and released.

“While thankfully neither the officer or operator were injured in this crash, this incident shows that officers never know what will happen while they are on patrol,” said Littleton Police Chief Matthew King. “This officer’s immediate actions and concern for the other operator demonstrates the high quality of policing within our department.”

Walsh was arraigned Friday in Ayer District Court.

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