Berkeley: Motorist Slams Into CHP Patrol Car In Traffic Stop
Jun. 10 - BCN -- CHP officers who pulled up behind a stopped vehicle on Interstate Highway 80 in Berkeley early this morning escaped injury when another motorist rammed their patrol car from behind, breaking a suspect's leg.
The 2:15 a.m. call to eastbound freeway lanes east of University Avenue began when California Highway Patrol officers noticed someone vomiting from a window of the stopped vehicle.
A suspect officers identified as the driver allegedly showed signs of intoxication and the officers brought him to the right front of the patrol car for field sobriety tests, a CHP sergeant said in a report.
Then, officers reported, a vehicle driving partially on the shoulder around 65 mph hit the patrol car from behind, sending it 35 feet down an embankment and breaking the femur of the man undergoing field sobriety tests.
The vehicle, a Chevy Silverado pickup, also collided with the stopped vehicle and then overturned onto its roof, causing minor injuries to a 13-year-old passenger, according to the report. The 18-year-old El Cerrito man who was driving the Chevy was not injured or arrested.
Three lanes of the freeway were closed for about an hour afterward.
Neither highway patrol officer was hurt in the incident.
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