Driver Arrested in Fiery DUI Crash That Injured CHP Officers

A witness says another driver was traveling at high speed when the vehicle struck a CHP cruiser that was stopped for another collision.

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A driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI in a fiery crash on the 105 Freeway in Downey that left at least two CHP officers injured.

The driver of the SUV - who the CHP identifies as 41-year-old Lakia Jackson from Downey - was taken into custody and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The fiery crash was reported at about 1:30 a.m. on the 105 Freeway in Downey. CHP officers were called to the Lakewood Boulevard off ramp of the eastbound 105 Freeway after receiving a request for assistance from an officer, the CHP said.

After stopping to investigate the collision, the officers' cruiser was struck by a SUV.

“Immediately upon impact the patrol car burst into flames,” said CHP Officer Kevin Tao.

Video showed the burned and crumpled cruiser on the side of the freeway. The SUV with heavy front-end damage was stopped nearby.

A CHP patrol car and a SUV were involved in a collision early Thursday April 28, 2022 on the 105 Freeway in Downey. Credit: Toni Guinyard

A witness said the SUV rear-ended the patrol car. The speeding driver went through a row of traffic safety flares that CHP officers placed on the freeway, the CHP said.

"Crazy speeds," the witness said, adding that at least one CHP officer was outside the patrol car when it was struck.

"They flew right past me," another witness said.

Two officers were inside the patrol car when it was struck. The most seriously injured officer was outside the patrol car, the CHP said.

The officers, two men and a woman, suffered moderate to major injuries. None of the injuries are considered life threatening. One officer was released from the hospital Thursday. The officers were not yet identified late Thursday.

The crash closed all lanes of the eastbound 105 Freeway while CHP conducted its investigation. The road reopened at about 9:30 a.m.

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