POLICE OFFICER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SANTEE CRASH WITH ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVER

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By Miriam Raftery

December 30, 2012 (Santee) – A San Diego Police officer sustained serious injuries when a pickup truck traveling at a high speed collided with a patrol car. The crash occurred at 2:28 a.m. at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and State Route 125.  The driver of the truck, who was also injured has been charged with suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The pickup truck was driving northbound on State Route 25 when it collided with the patrol car, knocking both vehicles off the road and onto the shoulder on northbound Mission Gorge Road. 

“Fire Department personnel used rescue equipment to cut and pry the car open to extricate the officer,” said Sgt. D. Hale with the San Diego Sheriff.

According to ECM news partner 10 News, it took 45 minutes to extricate the officer, whose injuries included broken bones.  The trapped officer honked his horn to attract attention of passing motorists.

10 News reports the officer was returning from transporting a prisoner to Las Colinas Jail when he was struck by the truck, which reportedly ran a red light.

The officer, who sustained serious injuries, was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment. His identity has not been released.

The driver was treated and subsequently arrested, booked into jail on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol with an injury.