CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Three people were injured Sunday evening in a crash involving a Carlsbad police car and a pickup truck.
The incident was reported at 7:38 p.m. near Poinsettia Lane and El Fuerte Street, according to California Highway Patrol.
According to CHP, 41-year-old Juvenal Gonzalez ran a red light, causing the collision.
Gonzalez was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hosptial La Jolla with severe head injuries. Police say he had been drinking.
Two police officers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
“All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on our local roadways by intoxicated or drug-impaired drivers,” said CHP Sergeant Eric Nicholas. “Even law enforcement officers, who try valiantly to protect the public from such reckless individuals, can and do fall victim, too.”