Los Angeles Times

DUI suspect hits patrol cars; O.C. deputies hurt

- By Summer Lin

Four Orange County sheriff’s deputies were injured early Tuesday after a person suspected of driving under the influence crashed into their patrol cars, authoritie­s said.

A driver was traveling south about 12:30 a.m. TuesThe day on Imperial Highway near Casa Loma Avenue in Yorba Linda and struck multiple cruisers that were stopped for an arrest, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Department news release. The chain-reaction crash caused one of the parked patrol cars to strike the deputies, who were outside their vehicles.

deputies were treated at hospitals for minor to moderate injuries, officials said. Three were released by 8 a.m. Tuesday, and the fourth was still hospitaliz­ed, the Sheriff’s Department said.

A person who had been arrested on suspicion of an undisclose­d misdemeano­r offense and was in the back of one of the patrol cars when the crash occurred was also hospitaliz­ed with minor injuries.

The driver was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of driving under the influence. The investigat­ion is ongoing and is being handled by the CHP.

Video from the scene showed Orange County Fire Authority personnel and paramedics attending to the injured deputies and loading at least one of them onto a stretcher and into an ambulance.

Several damaged patrol cars involved in the crash and a red Ford truck with a caved-in right bumper could also be seen in the video.

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