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Suspected drunk driver hits police cruiser

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A suspected drunk driver slammed into an LAPD patrol car early Wednesday morning in South Los Angeles and then tried to flee the scene, police said.

The driver of a pickup truck was heading south on Main Street around 2 a.m. when the vehicle allegedly ran a red light and hit the police cruiser traveling west on Jefferson Boulevard, said LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera.

The police sergeant in the patrol car suffered minor lacerations and was treated at a hospital.

The pickup driver and a passenger attempted to flee on foot but were arrested three blocks away near Broadway Place and 36th Street, Herrera said. Police have not released their names.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run, Herrera said.

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Map: Shows approximate location of incident in black and recent crime reports in brown and red. Credit: Crime L.A.

 
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