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Officers injured in rear-end collision

Driver who hit their patrol car may have been drunk, police say.

October 17, 2008|Christian Berthelsen | Times Staff Writer

Two Anaheim police officers were taken to the hospital early Thursday after an allegedly drunk driver rear-ended their patrol car.

The officers, one male and one female, were slowly driving west on Orangethorpe Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. when their vehicle was hit from behind by a pickup truck that appeared to be traveling much faster than the patrol car, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez.

The truck rolled onto its side, and the patrol car was forced up into a driveway.

Both cars sustained major damage.

Anaheim firefighters had to extract the truck driver, Luis Bustamante of Anaheim, from his vehicle, and he displayed signs of intoxication, Martinez said.

Bustamante, 24, was taken to Western Medical Center in Anaheim for treatment and then booked at the Anaheim City Jail on suspicion of felony drunk driving and driving without a license.

The two officers, whose names have not been released, complained of head, neck and back pain and were taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange. They were later released.

Martinez said the female officer, who was driving, is a trainee who recently graduated from the police academy. The male officer, a department veteran, was supervising her.

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christian.berthelsen @latimes.com

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