3 Calif. Deputies Injured when Car Slams into Sheriff's Van

Feb. 9, 2024
California Highway Patrol investigators believe a car ran a red light, hitting a Riverside County sheriff's van, and the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

Three Riverside County sheriff’s deputies were injured Thursday morning, Feb. 8, when a car whose driver was later arrested crashed into their van, the California Highway Patrol said.

The collision was reported at 9:26 a.m. at the intersection of La Sierra and Victoria avenues, Riverside Fire Department Battalion Chief Garrett Coryell said.

The CHP is investigating the crash. Officer Javier Navarro, a CHP spokesman, said one deputy suffered a broken collarbone and two others were experiencing pain.

The driver of the car that hit the van also complained of pain, Navarro said. All four were taken to Riverside Community Hospital, Coryell said.

The CHP believes the car was headed west on Victoria when it ran a red light, striking the sheriff’s van that was southbound on La Sierra, Navarro said. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, Navarro said. He did not immediately have information on whether the drugs were illegal narcotics or prescription.

No information was available on what type of van the deputies were in when the collision happened near the Riverside city limits. The Sheriff’s Department referred questions to the CHP.

The intersection was closed well into the afternoon for the investigation.

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