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LAPD patrol car goes airborne, lands on parked car

May 21, 2010 |  1:15 pm

A Los Angeles police patrol car, responding to a call for back-up, went airborne in an attempt to avoid a vehicle that cut in front of it and landed on another car parked in a strip mall in South Los Angeles Friday morning.

Two officers were being treated for injuries suffered in the crash, said Sgt. Craig Valenzuela, watch commander of the 77th Street police station.

Valenzuela said the officers were responding to a call for officer back-up about 10:40 a.m. near Florence and Vermont avenues, with their lights and sirens on, when they were cut off by a red car. In an attempt to avoid the car, they swerved, hit a curb and flew into the air, landing on a car in the shopping center parking lot.

The case is still being investigated. The driver of the red car has not been charged, Valenzuela said.

-- Sam Quinones

Photo: A Los Angeles Police Department patrol car landed on top of a vehicle near Florence and Vermont avenues in South Los Angeles Friday. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times