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Geneva cop cars have fender-bender in parking lot

Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 10:13 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Two squad cars were damaged in a fender-bender in the Geneva Police Department’s parking lot, but no one was injured, according to crash reports.

Officers Daniel Yates, 39 and Mark Russo, 40, were both driving 2011 Ford Crown Victorias at 6:47 p.m. Aug. 7 when the crash occurred, reports state.

Yates was backing out and Russo, driving the wrong way in the parking lot, did not see Yates backing out and the two vehicles crunched fenders – the rear of Yates’ patrol car hit the front driver’s side fender panel of Russo’s patrol car, according to the crash report.

Cmdr. Eric Passarelli said the officers were responding to an emergency report of domestic battery. 

“The cars were drivable, and there were no injuries,” Passarelli said. “They responded in a normal manner and dealt with the accident report later. They were not driving fast.”

It cost nearly $6,000 to repair both cars, Passarelli said. 

Neither officer was ticketed because the parking lot is private property and tickets do not apply – even the arrows indicating one way are not enforceable, Passarelli said.

“We’re glad the officers were not injured,” Passarelli said. “Like we tell everyone, cars are fixable, and we move forward from there.”

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