Rogue tire injures CHP officer working unrelated crash on I-15

SAN DIEGO -- A California Highway Patrol officer was seriously injured Thursday when he was struck by a tire that flew off a car passing the scene of a crash involving a man suspected of drunken driving on Interstate 15 in the Serra Mesa area, officials said.

The initial crash occurred shortly before 1:15 a.m. on southbound I-15 near Friars Road and involved a silver Dodge van and a white Infinity sedan, California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr said.

Several officers were at the scene of the crash on the shoulder when a wheel came off a passing car and struck the officer in the leg around 1:45 a.m.

The officer was transported to a hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, a CHP officer said.

The driver of a black Acura sedan that lost the tire remained at the scene and was cooperating with CHP officers, Doerr said.

No other injuries were reported.

A man driving the Infinity was arrested on suspicion of DUI, Doerr said.

CHP officers closed the right three lanes of southbound I-15 near Friars Road around 2:45 a.m., Doerr said. They were reopened shortly before 4:55 a.m.

CHP officers were investigating the incident.