A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

An alleged drunken driver was killed in a head-on crash with a sheriff’s patrol vehicle Sunday that injured a female deputy, authorities said.

The collision happened when the motorist drove on the wrong side of the road in an attempt to flee from the California Highway Patrol, according to Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. That was about 1:40 a.m. near 15th Street West and Avenue F.

The alleged drunken driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Alexander said.

According to the sheriff’s department, a two-man CHP unit spotted two cars parked on the northbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway West Avenue F offramp, Deputy Joanna Warren said. The unit stopped to see if the motorists needed help, but one car — a 1998 Volvo — drove off, turning east on Avenue F. Meanwhile, the driver of the other car said the Volvo had rear-ended him.

The CHP unit followed the Volvo and tried to pull the car over. But the Volvo veered to the left and ran head-on into a sheriff’s patrol car responding to another call for service, Warren said.

A male passenger in the Volvo suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a hospital for treatment, Warren said.

The 11-year veteran female deputy driving the marked black-and-white patrol car, was rushed to an area hospital, where she remained hospitalized Sunday in stable condition, according to the Lancaster sheriff’s station.

Anyone with any information regarding the crash was urged to call the CHP at (661) 948-8541. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

–City News Service



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