2 LAPD Officers Hurt in Traffic Crash; Other Motorist Taken into Custody

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Two Los Angeles Police Department officers were injured, one seriously, when their patrol car collided with a vehicle being operated by a person suspected of driving while impaired, authorities said Monday.

The crash occurred about 5 p.m. Sunday at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Hillcrest Drive, in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw area, according to the LAPD.

The Gang Enforcement Detail officers from the LAPD Southwest Station were southbound on Hillcrest Drive when the collision occurred. One officer suffered a minor injury, and the other officer suffered "significant" injuries, the LAPD reported.

"Last night a Southwest GED unit was rammed by another vehicle trapping the passenger officer and banging up his partner pretty good," LAPD Chief Michel Moore said in a statement on Monday morning.

"I visited the passenger officer this morning, bedside at the hospital," Moore said. "Asking for prayers for his recovery."

The other motorist, who may have been driving under the influence, was taken into custody, and an investigation was continuing, the LAPD reported. The motorist was not immediately identified.

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