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June 28, 2019 (El Cajon) – A CHP officer who had stopped to aid a disabled motorist in the center divide of Interstate 8 last night at 9:24 p.m. in El Cajon was struck by a Chevrolet Camero driven at a high rate of speed by Richard Chambers, 25.  The accident occurred on I-8 west, just east of West Main Street.

A marked CHP patrol vehicle and a CHP motorcycle were both parked near the disabled vehicle The patrol vehicle had its emergency lights on and directional arrows notifying motorists to move to the right. 


As the motorcycle officer, a 16-year CHP veteran, was clearing the disabled motorist and trying to reenter the traffic lane, the Camaro did not move over as the arrows indicated, according to the CHP, and struck the motorcycle. The seriously injured officer was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital via ambulance and is expected to make a full recovery.


Chambers had a front passenger:  a 41-year-old San Diego woman.  Both wore seatbelts.


During the investigation of the collision, Mr. Chambers exhibited signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug intoxication,” says Officer Travis GarrowChambers was evaluated and placed under arrest for DUI causing injury. 


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If you have never stood by the side of a road with cars and trucks passing you at seventy miles an hour you don't know the danger. My truck or car has been parked along a freeway and i was scared. 70 mph is 100 feet per second. I waited for an hour for a tow truck in Nevada, was stuck along Interstate 8 going home from Glamis. Don't let your friends drink and drive. Who served or sold this person alcohol?