Police officer, driver injured after pursuit crash in La Habra

A police officer in pursuit of an erratic driver struck an uninvolved motorist on Friday night, sending both to the hospital.

The chase started around 10:30 p.m. when an officer responded to a call for an erratic driver near Harbor and Whittier boulevards in La Habra, according to a release from the La Habra Police Department.

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Upon attempting to conduct a traffic stop, the driver took off, and a pursuit was initiated down Cypress Street from Whittier Boulevard.

  • Police officer, driver injured after pursuit crash in La Habra
    A police officer in pursuit of an erratic driver was hospitalized after striking an uninvolved motorist on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. (OC Hawk)
  • Police officer, driver injured after pursuit crash in La Habra
    A police officer in pursuit of an erratic driver was hospitalized after striking an uninvolved motorist on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. (OC Hawk)
  • Police officer, driver injured after pursuit crash in La Habra
    A police officer in pursuit of an erratic driver was hospitalized after striking an uninvolved motorist on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. (OC Hawk)

As the pursuit crossed the intersection of Cypress and Lambert Road, the officer involved crashed into a civilian vehicle and the pursuit was immediately terminated.

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Both the police officer and the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision were taken to a nearby hospital for precautionary measures, La Habra police confirmed.

A K9 officer was inside the patrol vehicle but was not injured in the crash.

The driver initially being pursued continued to evade and fled the scene following the collision, police said.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information surrounding it — including any observed driving by the motorist before the collision occurred — is asked to contact a Traffic Investigator with La Habra Police Department by calling 562-383-4300.

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