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COSTA MESA : Driver Runs Light, Collides With Officer

A 27-year veteran police officer and another driver collided Wednesday when the latter ran a red light, authorities said.

Officer Chano Camarillo, 49, was treated at a local hospital and released after the 8:40 a.m. crash. The other driver, Judy Oetting, 41, of Costa Mesa, was taken to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana, where she was listed in guarded condition. She suffered a broken pelvis and left ribs, plus bruises, police said.

Camarillo was northbound on Newport Boulevard when Oetting, going west on Mesa Drive, ran a red light, police said. Camarillo’s car hit her car on the driver’s side, police spokeswoman Pam Thompson said.

The crash caused considerable damage to both vehicles.

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It is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol, Thompson said.


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