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Suspected drunk driver crashes into parked sheriff's cruiser

April 21, 2012 | 12:31 pm

A suspected drunk driver crashed her vehicle into a Los Angeles County sheriff's patrol car in Lomita, authorities said Saturday.

The incident happened about 3 a.m. Friday, when two deputies from the Lomita Sheriff's Station pulled their cruiser to the side of Pacific Coast Highway during a traffic stop and got out, leaving the patrol car's lights flashing to alert motorists.

That didn't keep the driver of a 2004 sedan from plowing into the cruiser from behind.  The deputies jumped out of the way and were not hurt but the impact was so great that it pushed the patrol car about 20 feet, into the vehicle that the deputies had pulled over. 

A passenger in that vehicle complained of hip pain and was treated at the scene by county Fire Department paramedics and taken to a hospital.

The driver of the sedan was identified as Judy Wang, 23, of Buena Park.  She was jailed after being arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

The patrol car sustained heavy rear- and front-end damage, the spokesman said.


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