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CHP officer crashes into utility pole, building in downtown L.A.

September 1, 2012 | 10:31 am

A California Highway Patrol officer suffered minor injuries after crashing his vehicle into a utility pole and a building in downtown Los Angeles while trying to avoid a car that had run a red light, authorities said.

CHP Officer Monica Posada said the collision occurred about 1 a.m. Saturday at 11th and Main streets.

Posada said the CHP officer, whose name has not been released, was driving south on Main at about 40 miles per hour when he approached the intersection of 11th Street, where he had a green light. Another vehicle traveling west on 11th then entered the intersection on a red light, she said.

In trying to avoid the second car, “the CHP officer lost control of the patrol vehicle and collided into a light pole and then a building,” Posada said. A second CHP officer in the car was not injured, she said.

Posada said she did not know whether the driver of the second car had been cited, but said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the accident, she said.

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