Distracted and drowsy while driving turned out to be a bad combination for a woman from Albert Lea, Minn. who crashed into the back of an Edina squad car early Wednesday.
The woman said she was tired and was trying to grab her phone that she had dropped on the floor when she struck the squad just before 3 a.m. while she headed north on Hwy. 169 near Bren Road, said Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the State Patrol.
Officer Nicholas Pedersen was stopped on the right shoulder and had his headlights and taillights on when he was hit.
Neither the Pedersen or the 38-year-old driver were seriously hurt, but both were taken to Fairview Southdale Hospital for evaluation, said city spokeswoman Kaylin Eidsness.
The woman, who was driving a 2017 Dodge Journey, was cited for careless driving.
Both vehicles sustained heavy damage,
The incident prompted Edina Police in a tweet to remind motorists that "This is distracted driving. Your phone is not this important"