LAPD Officers Injured by DUI Motorist on 57 Freeway

The Los Angeles Times reports that two Los Angeles Police Department officers were injured early Tuesday morning when a suspected DUI motorist rear-ended their police cruiser. 

According to the report released by the Los Angeles Police Department on their website, the incident happened at approximately 12:17 a.m. when officers from the Newton Division were on patrol in the area of Washington Boulevard and Maple Avenue when they spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen. 

The officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop. Officers initiated a pursuit, which transited onto the 57 Freeway near the Yorba Linda exit. Officers reported that they had seen an object thrown out of the window of the vehicle onto the freeway. 

The pursuit ended in the 11200 block of Atlantic Avenue in Lynwood. The suspect driver was taken into custody without incident. Officers searched the stolen vehicle and found firearms and narcotics. 

During the search, the officers were rear-ended while in their patrol cruiser by a woman driving an Infiniti who is suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Both officers and the alleged DUI motorist were injured in the crash. All those injured in the collision suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspected DUI motorist was arrested immediately following her release from the hospital. Both the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles Police Department are investigating the crash.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the LAPD’s Newton Detectives at (323) 846-5363  or (877) 527-3247 after hours or on weekends. 

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