An Orange Police Department officer’s legs and pelvis were crushed in the pre-dawn darkness Saturday when he was caught behind his parked patrol car that was rammed by a vehicle in a suspected drunken driving crash.
The driver of the vehicle that rear-ended the patrol car was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
That motorist, 27-year-old Ashley Bertolino of Tustin, suffered minor lacerations and was taken to UCI Medical Center, according to the California Highway Patrol, the agency investigating the traffic crash.
The officer, a 32-year-old man, was parked along the right curb of North Cambridge Street, just north of Walnut Avenue. He went to retrieve an item out of the rear of his patrol car when Bertolino, due to her alleged level of intoxication, veered to the right in a 2016 Hyundai a little after 3 a.m. and rear-ended the patrol car, according to the CHP.
The impact of the crash caused the patrol car to be pushed into three parked vehicles, the CHP reported. Paramedics rushed the officer to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he was being treated for major trauma to his legs and pelvic area.
The CHP’s Santa Ana office asked anyone with information regarding the crash to call them at (714) 567-6000.
—City News Service