A California Highway Patrol officer was recovering Tuesday morning (January 31, 2017) after a suspected DUI driver smashed into the back of his black and white on the southbound 55-freeway

ORANGE – A California Highway Patrol officer was recovering Tuesday morning (January 31, 2017) after a suspected DUI driver smashed into the back of his black and white on the southbound 55-freeway, south of Lincoln Avenue, late Monday, authorities said.  A pair of officers had been summoned to the freeway’s narrow right shoulder to provide protection for a couple whose car had become disabled shortly before 10 p.m., CHP Sgt. David Robles said. Roughly 45 minutes later, a AAA tow truck technician was working to rescue the stranded motorists, Kevin Carrasco of Tustin and his fiancée, who were returning from a food tasting for their upcoming wedding in Lake Elsinore. One of the officers returned to the black and white, which was shielding the disabled car. The light bar was flashing to help warn passing motorists of the scene’s presence. “The next thing I know, I just hear this crash,” Carrasco said. “The cop car went off to the side.  A 2006 Honda struck the black and white from behind at approximately 65mph, forcing it into the guardrail, CHP officer Monica Posada said. The CHP officer, who was wearing his seatbelt at the time, sustained moderate injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
The Honda’s driver, Christy DeMetriades, 39, of Costa Mesa sustained minor injuries. The couple and second officer, who were ahead of the wreck with the AAA tow truck driver, were uninjured, Posada said. DeMetriades was booked on suspicion of felony DUI and jail records show she was being held on $100,000 bail.
“He pulled up behind us just to kind of give us a little bit of protection,” Carrasco said of the injured officer. “We can’t thank him enough.”

By Joshua Sudock, OC Register

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/officer-742670-chp-driver.html

 

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