During a prisoner transport, a police officer was hit head on by a drunk driver on Highway 1. Around 2:20 a.m. an officer reported that he and his prisoner were in a two-car head-on collision near Brown Road. The Police officer stated he was driving southbound when he noticed an oncoming Toyota traveling northbound in the southbound lane. As he swerved to avoid the collision, the Toyota did as well, which caused them to collide.
The officer was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria for treatment of injuries to his face, hands, arms, knees and abdomen, and was later treated and released, according to Noozhawk. His prisoner was transported with non-life threatening injuries as well. The officer’s Facebook post gave a friendly reminder to the public, “Please let this incident serve as a testimony to the value of wearing seat belts and the extreme dangers of driving while impaired.” The drunk driver was 18 years-old and was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving with an alcohol level twice the legal limit.