Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy’s vehicle hit by suspected drunk driver
An Alameda County sheriff’s deputy was injured early Sunday morning when a suspected drunk driver ran a red light in Oakland and rammed the deputy’s vehicle, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy’s SUV was hit around 4:30 a.m. at the intersection of 16th Avenue and Foothill Boulevard in the San Antonio neighborhood, the sheriff’s office reported. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released, according to Lt. Ray Kelly, the sheriff’s spokesman.
Two people were in the vehicle that hit the deputy’s SUV, and both were also treated and taken out of a hospital. The driver was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Kelly said.
4:30 a.m., 16th Ave @ Foothill in Oakland, A drunk driver ran a red light at high speed and rammed our patrol deputy. Our deputy was taken to hospital with injuries but will recover. The drunk driver was arrested. We are grateful that no one died. pic.twitter.com/e5UKQbT2iJ
— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) May 8, 2022
Footage tweeted by the sheriff’s office showed the front of the crashed deputy’s vehicle. The other vehicle appeared to have come to rest on its side on the lawn of Foothill Missionary Baptist Church.
Kelly said the accident underscored the dangers of drunk driving, adding that he was grateful the accident was not even more serious.
“It’s a completely preventable crime, and it’s one of the most selfish crimes people commit when they decide to get behind the wheel after drinking,” Kelly said.