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51. SUV Driver Sends Officer Flying
About 2:00 a.m. Monday, a California Highway Patrol
was hit by an SUV. The officer was
about 10 feet before landing in a hedge.
officer was assisting a motorist whose car had
on the freeway.
The police officer was listed
stable condition at a nearby hospital. The accident
after the fast-moving white SUV drove onto the
where the two cars were parked. The SUV
the officer before plowing into the police car.
driver of the stalled car was unhurt.
rolled completely over. The driver climbed out of
SUV and took off, running in the direction
a nearby off-ramp. Because another police vehicle was
, the police caught the driver quickly. He was
with drunk driving, property damage, causing personal injury,
leaving the scene of an accident.
no license and no insurance. He had been
a year ago of driving while intoxicated. At
time he had also injured someone and also
the scene. He was sentenced to jail for
months. But because the jail was so overcrowded,
was released in one month.
“What can we
?” said a policeman. “There are a lot more
drivers out there every night than there are
. The only time we can get them off
streets for good is when they kill someone.”