Four Orange County sheriff’s deputies were injured early Tuesday after a person suspected of driving under the influence crashed into their squad cars, authorities said.
A driver was traveling south on the Imperial Highway near Casa Loma Avenue in Yorba Linda around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and hit several squad cars, which were pulled over while making an arrest, according to one Orange County Sheriff’s Department press release. The chain reaction accident resulted in one of the parked patrol cars hitting MPs who were outside their vehicles.
The MPs suffered minor to moderate injuries and were being treated at hospitals, officials said. Three were released as of 8 a.m. Tuesday while the fourth remained in the hospital, the sheriff’s department said.
A person arrested on suspicion of an undisclosed offense who was in the back seat of a patrol car when the crash occurred was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The driver was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of drink driving. The investigations are ongoing and are being conducted by the CHP.
Video from the scene showed Orange County Fire Authority personnel and paramedics tending to the injured deputies, loading at least one of them onto a gurney and into an ambulance. The video also showed several damaged squad cars involved in the accident and a red Ford truck with a dented right bumper.
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