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L.A. County deputy injured in Huntington Beach crash; other driver is suspected of DUI

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A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy’s K-9 patrol vehicle and a white sedan were involved in a collision in Huntington Beach early Thursday. Both drivers were injured. The sedan’s driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
(Courtesy Huntington Beach Police)

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was injured early Thursday after a car crashed into his K-9 patrol vehicle at a Huntington Beach intersection, authorities said.

The deputy, a resident of Huntington Beach, was driving with his canine partner in a marked patrol SUV north on Newland Street near Slater Avenue at 4:38 a.m. As it crossed the intersection, a sedan traveling east on Slater crashed into the driver’s side of the deputy’s vehicle, Huntington Beach police said.

The driver of the sedan, William Nguyen, 29, of Corona, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Huntington Beach police Officer Jennifer Marlatt said.

The collision sent both vehicles crashing into a concrete wall on the northeast corner of the intersection.

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The deputy had to be cut out of the SUV, police said. He and Nguyen were taken to hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The deputy’s dog was not injured and was taken by another sheriff’s deputy who responded to the scene, police said.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Huntington Beach police traffic division at (714) 536-5663.


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