GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – A 21-year-old Stanton man was arrested on
suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed into a police
vehicle headed the opposite direction. The accident was captured on the
officer’s dashboard camera.
At 3:40 a.m. on Monday (Aug. 24), a Garden Grove police officer was driving
northbound on Knott Street near Stanford Avenue, when a vehicle driven
by A. Berlimo Lopez, of Stanton, crossed the northbound lanes and crashed
into the officer’s patrol car, according to a statement from Sgt.
The collision was not minor, both of the vehicles sustained major damage.
The officer and Lopez were transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange.
The accident left Lopez with serious injuries.
The officer who was driving the patrol car was hurt, but his injuries were
not life-threatening. He received treatment for injuries to his left hand
and face and was later released, according to Schmidt’s statement.
The police suspect that Lopez was impaired at the time of the collision.
He was arrested for driving without a license and on suspicion of felony
driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The statement said that
he was to be transported to Orange County Jail after his condition improved,
The Orange County Register reported.
Why is it a possible felony?
In California, most DUIs are prosecuted as misdemeanors, however, there
are exceptions. In Lopez’s case, he not only caused an accident,
but he injured a law enforcement officer in a wrong-way crash.
A DUI can be prosecuted as a felony whenever someone else is injured or
killed as a result of the impaired driving, and in this case it was a
police officer – it couldn’t have gotten any worse.
DUI causing injury is punishable by up to 3 years in prison, with an additional
3 years if the victim is seriously injured.
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