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Driver of Car that Injured SDPD Officer Arrested for DUI

The officer was returning from Las Colinas when his car was hit on Mission Gorge Road.

Updated @ 6 p.m.

A San Diego policeman hit by a car driven by a suspected drunken driver and trapped inside his patrol vehicle early Sunday morning was in serious condition in a hospital following surgery.

"The officer had multiple major injuries including broken bones and internal injuries but is expected to survive," said San Diego Police Lt. Dan Plein. "I expect it will be a very long, slow recovery."     The unidentified officer was trapped for 45 minutes in the wreckage of his patrol car until extracted by firefighters, who cut through the crumpled car's roof to reach him, a process that took about 45 minutes.

Sheriff's Lt. Scott Amos said the crash was about 2 a.m.

"The SDPD officer had just dropped off a prisoner at Las Colinas Women's Detention Facility and was on Mission Gorge Road when he got T-boned by another driver who had exited northbound State Route 125," Amos said.

"The suspect's car didn't stop at a red light and came right through the intersection," Plein said.

The suspect was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving, and his identity was being withheld.

-City News Service

sheeple herder December 31, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Too bad it's all a money making machine. If it was truly about public safety, it would be a felony 1st time and hope you enjoy walking or the bus for the rest of your life...
Ken Decker December 31, 2012 at 10:43 PM
When CalTrans rebuilds the barrier at the end of Hwy 125 it should include LARGE, solar powered, red FLASHING reflectors. The non-flashing reflectors they use obviously don't attract enough attention of some of these drunks. If they can't get the drunks off the roads, at least make them safer for the rest of us. I hope the officer pulls through this OK.
Jon Notw January 01, 2013 at 09:11 AM
that is becoming a dangerous traffic light there,many deaths since it opened. I do believe though this guy must have fell asleep at the wheel though.
Kathy January 03, 2013 at 03:34 AM
This intersection has had more accidents in the couple of years it has been open, then any other Intersection in Santee, ever. I really think we need to have a runaway area, it probably would of saved the lives of the CHP and his Family that were killed there. I also think we need to slow the speed limit down right where you can switch to 52 West, to Mission Gorge Road. I don't know if everyone will slow down to that declined speed limit but it might bring more attention that the road is ending. I don't know if any of this will help but we have to do something, we have had enough deaths and serious injuries at that Intersection.
Chris kringil January 06, 2013 at 04:10 AM
OMG, enough with these Dam DUI drivers killing and injuring innocent lives. The 2 Drunk Drivers involved in the 2 accidents, in 2 days, walked away without little to no injuries. The Law MUST tighten up to get these MURDERS off the street. 1ST DUI OFFENSE (non injury or death), Punishment should be Permanent Revoked Drivers License and $100K Fine 1ST DUI OFFENSE (Injury or Death involved), Punishment should be Life in Prison We should NEVER allow these Murders behind the wheel of a car EVER again. There is NEVER a reason to get behind the wheel of ANY Motor Vehicle. In unrelated news Dianne Feinstein wishes to ban guns because she feels they are the evil that does the murdering. Now if there is going to be a ban on guns there should be a ban on cars as well.

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