Local : Police Car Struck in Sunland; 5 Hurt

From Times staff and wire service reports

A car traveling 55 m.p.h. hit a police patrol car in Sunland on Wednesday night, resulting in the brief hospitalization of two police officers and three women.

Los Angeles Police Officer Joseph Napolitano, who was driving the police car, and Officer Ron Calhoun were treated for minor injuries at area hospitals after they were rear-ended by a 1986 Subaru driven by Christina Schirmeister, 20, of Burbank. Schirmeister and her two passengers were also treated for minor injuries and released.

The patrol car was making a U-turn on Foothill Boulevard at Wentworth Street when it was hit at about 9:30 p.m., Officer Brad Peters said. Both cars suffered major damage, Peters said.