On Sunday, officers were responding to a call for help in South Los Angeles when a man driving a sedan slammed into their patrol vehicle, injuring them both.
The incident began around 5 p.m. as gang officers responded to a call for backup on a report of a man seen with a gun near Hillcrest Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Crenshaw, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officers drove to the area in a marked patrol unit with their lights and siren activated, police officials said.
They were driving south on Hillcrest from Martin Luther King Jr. when they saw a dark Nissan sedan heading north into the southbound lanes, police said.
“The Nissan sped towards the police cruiser as it drove on the wrong side of the road,” officials said.
The officer driving the patrol unit moved the vehicle to avoid a head-on collision, police said.
“The suspect changed the direction of his vehicle and collided with the passenger side of the police vehicle,” officials said. “The officers were transported to a local hospital. One officer was treated and released and the other was admitted for further treatment.
Jose Nicholas Lopez, 21, of Los Angeles, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.
Jail records show Lopez was booked early Monday and is being held on $50,000 bond.
Police officials said the case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office for review.
Further details of the case were not available Monday evening.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the LAPD Robbery and Homicide Division at (213) 486-6890. Those calling after hours or on weekends should call 1-877-527-3247.
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