SANTEE, Calif. – An on-duty police officer was seriously injured Sunday morning after a suspected drunken driver didn’t stop at a red light and crashed into patrol car in Santee, a sheriff’s deputy said.
The San Diego police officer had just dropped off a prisoner at Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility and was at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and Route 125 when “he got T-boned by another driver,” Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Amos said.
Firefighters used equipment to pry the crumpled patrol car apart to rescue the officer, then transported him to Sharp Memorial Hospital.
“The officer had multiple major injuries including broken bones and internal injuries but is expected to survive,” said San Diego Police Lt. Dan Plein. “I expect it will be a very long, slow recovery.”
“The suspect’s car didn’t stop at a red light and came right through the intersection,” Plein said.
The driver of the pickup truck, who was not seriously injured, was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving involving an injury, authorities said. He was booked into county jail.