State Trooper injured after impaired driver rear ends his patrol vehicle during I-10 traffic stop

PHOENIX, AZ – An Arizona state trooper sitting in his patrol vehicle during a traffic stop was rear-ended by the driver of a pickup truck on the shoulder of I-10 EB near Bullard Avenue on Dec. 28, 2020. The force of the crash forced the patrol vehicle into the back of the SUV stopped in front of it. The trooper sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and the SUV occupants received minor injuries.

On Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, at about 9:25 p.m., an AZDPS trooper was seated in his patrol vehicle finishing up a traffic stop on the shoulder of eastbound I-10 near Bullard Avenue when he was rear-ended by the driver of a passing pickup truck. The force of the crash pushed the trooper’s patrol vehicle into the back of the SUV stopped in front of him. Fortunately, the occupants of the SUV sustained only minor injuries. Our trooper was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck, identified as Christian D. Reiling, 25, of Goodyear, was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on the following charges:
Aggravated assault – serious physical injury (1 count)
Criminal damage – deface (2 counts)
DUI – liquor/drugs/vapors/combo (1 count)
Drug paraphernalia – possession/use (1 count)
Aggravated assault – deadly weapon/dangerous instrument (3 counts)
Narcotic drug – possession/use (1 count)
Endangerment (2 counts)
DUI/drugs/metabolite (1 count)