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Man arraigned after chain-reaction collision with Atherton patrol car

Original post made on Dec 8, 2009

In an incident that demonstrates the dangers police officers face after pulling someone over for a traffic ticket, a man reported to be intoxicated slammed his vehicle into an Atherton Police Department patrol car on Nov. 11 and caused a chain reaction that knocked to the ground two officers and the driver being ticketed, authorities said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 11:33 AM


Posted by Thankful, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Dec 8, 2009 at 1:27 pm

How very fortunate that nobody was seriously injured in this accident. It could easily have had a tragic outcome. Somebody was smiling down on our hard-working public safety officers that day.

Posted by Truly a domino effect!, a resident of another community
on Dec 8, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Glad it wasn't worse.

Posted by Kops, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Dec 8, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Must have been at night. That's the only time of day one will see the Atherton Police, doing their loops on ECR.

Posted by just wondering, a resident of Atherton: other
on Dec 8, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Was this one of the two brand new patrol cars the town just bought??

Posted by Post Deletions, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 9, 2009 at 7:37 am

Almanac editors deleted my post in which I noted the true statement that last year, Ofc. Dean DeVlugt rear-ended a civillian automobile on Middlefield Road (with a passenger inside) and the Town of Atherton had to pay a settlement. This is true, and in fact more newsworthy than an intoxicated citizen rear-ending a police car.

Posted by lWhoRUpeople, a resident of another community
on Dec 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm

C'mon people--two police offices doing their job could have been hurt (not to mention the driver they were citing) by, if you read the article, an under-aged DRUNK (not intoxicated- .22 is roaring drunk), illegal alien, driving without a license, and almost assuredly without insurance.

Glad the officers and the other driver are ok, and I could care less if the patrol car was one of the new ones or not. Hope the kid has to serve the max before he is deported!

Posted by woops, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 13, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I thought the whole point of traffic citations was prevent accidents---I hope this ticket was worth it.