SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Two California Highway Patrol officers were hospitalized early Sunday after a vehicle slammed into their parked patrol car at the scene of an earlier crash on a freeway east of Los Angeles, authorities said.
The collision occurred around 4:30 a.m. on the northbound side of Interstate 215 in San Bernardino, the highway patrol said.
The officers were investigating an earlier three-vehicle crash when their patrol car was struck by an SUV, according to an incident report. CHP said Alejandro Marcelo Vicente of Los Angeles drove into the investigation closure "for reasons still under investigation," and struck the patrol car
The officers were transported to a local hospital with "non-life-threatening injuries," while CHP said Vicente was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
All northbound lanes were closed for a time as paramedics and investigators arrived at the scene.