Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

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

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.


Man steals police cruiser, loses legs in crash

More cases of hantavirus at Yosemite; some camp cabins closed

5 LAPD officers investigated in mother's death; family wants answers

-- Rebecca Trounson 

Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: