San Bernardino officer killed in crash with suspected drunk driver

- An on-duty San Bernardino police officer was killed early Thursday when his patrol car was struck by a suspected drunken driver who ran a red light at an intersection, officials said.

The cruiser was T-boned shortly after 2 a.m. as Officer Bryce Hanes, 40, left the West Valley Detention Center and drove south on a main thoroughfare in Ontario, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

The other driver blew through a red light while heading east and slammed into Hanes' car, Burguan said.

Hanes, a 12-year veteran of the department, suffered massive injuries and was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the chief said at a news conference.

The driver of the other car, a late model Dodge Challenger, was briefly hospitalized with unknown injuries. He was released and arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI causing injury or death, Ontario police Sgt. Jeff Higbee said. The suspect was not immediately identified.
Several streets around the crash site were expected to be closed for several hours as Ontario police investigate.
Hanes, a Redlands resident who spent his entire career with the department's patrol division, is survived by a wife and three children under the age of 12.
Burguan called Hanes an exemplary officer.
Flags at the state Capitol will be flown at half-staff in honor of Hanes, Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement.
Brown said he and his wife, Anne, "join all Californians in mourning his loss and vow to always remember his selfless service and sacrifice on behalf of his community."

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