Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Easiest Way to Get a California DUI is by ramming police car

A California DUI collision sent a policeman to the hospital, burned his patrol car and tied up Highway 60 in Ontario for more than six hours Monday, California DUI lawyers said.

"A drunk driver came along and rear-ended the patrol car," CHP Sgt. Mark Shaffer said of the wreck that partially ejected the Ontario policeman just before 3 a.m. "He's a little singed. And he received a broken arm."

The officer's name was not released. He is 25 years old and has been an Ontario policeman two years, said Ontario police Sgt. Mike Caldera.

Jailed for investigation of felony California DUI - drunken driving was 28-year-old Israel Sandoval, of La Puente.

Sandoval and a 19-year-old female passenger who was not identified suffered minor injuries, California DUI investigators said.

Sandoval has no prior history of California DUI - drunken driving, California DUI attorneys checked.

CHP officers had been investigating an earlier two-vehicle wreck that blocked traffic lanes, which officers marked with traffic flares. While CHP officers investigated that collision, Ontario police positioned their patrol cars to direct traffic into the left lane.

While tow trucks were picking up vehicles from the first wreck, a 2008 Chrysler Sebring smashed into one of the patrol cars and set it ablaze, investigators said in a written statement.