Two Los Angeles police officers were hospitalized in serious condition on Tuesday, Nov. 21, after their patrol vehicle was struck by another vehicle on the 57 Freeway in Fullerton, authorities said, with that motorist taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.
The officers were injured around 2 a.m. as they searched for an object they believed had been thrown from a vehicle by a suspect who was arrested following a pursuit, according to the LAPD.
An Infiniti driven by a woman in her mid-20s slammed into the rear of their patrol car, resulting in “significant” injuries to the officers, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said at a news conference at UCI Medical Center in Orange.
The woman. who suffered “moderate” injuries, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The officers were part of a group of law enforcement units from the LAPD’s Newton Division that began pursing a suspect in a stolen vehicle near downtown Los Angeles just before midnight, Moore said.
At some point during the pursuit, the suspect drove onto the 57, and along the way apparently threw something out of the vehicle, police said. The suspect was arrested and being held on crimes including an outstanding felony warrant, Moore said. His name was not immediately released.
“Two uniformed officers went back along the path of the pursuit, in an effort to locate … whatever it was that was thrown from the vehicle,” Moore said. “As they drive northbound … coming up on Yorba Linda (Boulevard), they were violently struck by another motorist. … They are expected to make a full recovery.”
It was unclear if officers found what they were looking for.
Source: Orange County Register