(CA)(2020-08-22) CHP officer struck by alleged DUI driver

(CA) 2020-08-22 - TULARE COUNTY - CHP officer struck by alleged DUI drive while checking a vehicle along Hwy 99 near Visalia

A CHP officer was injured early Saturday morning after a patrol car was struck by a driver suspected of driving under the influence along Highway 99 near Visalia while checking on an abandoned vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A CHP patrol car with two officers pulled behind an abandoned vehicle along southbound Highway 99 just south of Betty Drive around 2:20 a.m., said Sgt. Michael Wolfe. The passenger left the patrol car to inspect the abandoned vehicle while the driver pulled the vehicle’s plates.

A vehicle driven by Tristin Zurita, 26, of Tulare, then swerved and struck the CHP patrol car.

The officer driving the patrol car suffered moderate injuries, while Zurita suffered minor to moderate injuries, Wolfe said. Both were taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for treatment and were later released.

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