PALMDALE –A Palmdale sheriff’s deputy was transported to the hospital early Monday morning, after a suspected DUI driver smashed into the back of the deputy’s patrol car at a red light, according to a press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:
On January 13, 2014 (Monday) at approximately 1:40 a.m., a deputy from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station was involved in an on-duty traffic collision on East Avenue R at the intersection of 47th Street East, in the city of Palmdale.
The preliminary facts of this investigation indicate the deputy was stopped for a red traffic light on westbound Avenue R at 47th Street East. While stopped for the red light, the deputy was rear-ended by a 1995 Honda Civic driven by 23-year-old Christopher Perez.
Upon impact, the deputy’s vehicle was pushed into the intersection.
Due to the force of the impact and the long skid marks left by Perez’s vehicle, it was determined Perez was traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the collision.
The deputy received minor injuries. Christopher Perez was not injured. There were no additional passengers in either vehicle.
Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.
Christopher Perez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station with a bail amount of $5,000.00.
Perez, a Lancaster resident, was released from custody around 8:35 a.m. Monday, with a court appearance set for March 13, according to LASD inmate records. The deputy, whose name was not released, was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery. The incident remains under investigation.