12/31/2011 07:17 EST | Updated 03/01/2012 05:12 EST

Suspected drunk driver crashes into B.C. RCMP cruiser

A 35-year-old man is facing charges after Mounties say he crashed into a marked police car near Terrace, B.C., late Friday night.

Police say the cruiser with officers inside was parked off the travel portion of Highway 16, near Ferry Island, to monitor traffic when a white van lost control and smashed into the back of the police car.

Just before the collision, police said, the van had been clocked going 120 km/h in a 50-km/h zone.

"This could have been tragic, especially at this time of the year, said RCMP Insp. Dana Hart. "Both [officers] have families. Just like all of our members they are out there risking their lives to keep others safe."

The officers, along with the driver of the van, were taken by ambulance to Mills Memorial Hospital. All three were treated and later released.

"This is exactly why our members are out in full force during the holiday season," said Sgt. Pam Scott of North District West Traffic Services. "Some people just don’t seem to get the message — drunk driving injures and kills."

Police said damage to both vehicles is extensive and note the police car was the newest vehicle in their fleet.

David Schiffer, who is from the Czech Republic but currently working in Terrace, has been charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving.