Thursday, November 15, 2007

Don't ram a California DUI cop when you are drunk driving

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A California DUI man was charged with drunk driving Tuesday after running his car into a police officer who was arresting another DUI suspect - and then driving off to his home a block away.

Asked why he left the scene, Dorix Omar Hernandez said he thought he hit the officer just "a little bit,".

The incident allegedly occurred at 2:25 a.m. Saturday on Novato Street, where Officer Chris Duncan had just arrested a suspected California drunk driver. As Duncan was leaning in the doorway of his patrol car, talking to the suspect in the back seat, Hernandez drove up from the opposite direction, swerved across the street and struck Duncan's open door. The door slammed shut, wedging Duncan between the car's door and its frame. Hernandez, 30, kept driving to his apartment on Fairfax Street, where he was arrested by another officer who saw the collision.

He was arraigned Tuesday on charges of felony drunk driving /califonia DUI.