CHP officer injured in crash on I-8

January 28, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

WINTERHAVEN — A California Highway Patrol officer attempting to overtake a speeding vehicle on Interstate 8 near here crashed his patrol car Sunday when another vehicle changed into his lane.

The officer, Daniel Webb, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Webb, a five-year veteran of the Highway Patrol in charge of the Winterhaven sub-station canine unit, was heading west on I-8 when he clocked a vehicle traveling east at 96 mph at 1:40 p.m.

Webb made a U-turn and crossed into the east lanes of the interstate.

Traveling at 100 mph in the fast lane, he was attempting to overtake the speeding vehicle when another motorist moved into the fast lane directly in front of Webb's unit.


Highway Patrol Office David Nuñez said Webb swerved to avoid the vehicle, steering left, causing his unit to move into the center median.

Webb tried to steer his unit back onto the roadway, but as he did the unit skidded across both eastbound lanes and careened down a 50-foot embankment.

His patrol car struck the base of the embankment trunk and then catapulted over a fence, flipping a number of times before coming to rest on its wheels.

Webb, who was wearing his seat belt, climbed out of the vehicle on his own.

A dog in the unit suffered glass lacerations and was treated by a veterinarian, Nuñez said.

The driver of the vehicle that pulled into the fast lane in front of Webb did stop. The driver of the speeding vehicle did not stop.

The case remained under investigation today.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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