Around 2:10 a.m. Thursday, CHP received multiple 911 calls about a 2016 BMW sedan that was traveling eastbound on the westbound lanes of the 10 Freeway. CHP officers immediately began conducting traffic breaks near the Robertson Boulevard exit in the Mid-City area. Once they noticed their attempts to stop the wrong-way driver were unsuccessful, they made a split-second decision and intentionally placed their patrol vehicle directly in the path of the wrong-way driver, resulting in a head-on collision to prevent anyone else from getting hurt.
The suspect was identified by authorities as Adam Charles Walker, 38, of Los Angeles.
The officers sustained minor injuries and were taken to a hospital. They have since been treated and released.
Fellow officers said the action of their colleagues saved people’s lives.
"These officers with their heroic actions… they placed their lives directly into the path of that wrong-way driver, saving an unknown amount of lives," said CHP Officer Yebra.
Officials said Walker was unconscious but breathing, and he was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Officials determined Walker was under the influence of alcohol. After he was released from the hospital, he was arrested for a DUI.
The collision temporarily prompted a SigAlert for hours.
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