Motorist Hits California Highway Patrol Car, Suffers Major Injuries
A private automobile crashed into a marked black-and-white CHP vehicle at a rural intersection south of Woodland; both drivers were injured.
The accident took place at the intersection of County Roads 98 and 27 at about 7:45 in the morning on July 3rd. According to CHP spokesman Bryan Konvalin, the officer involved in the crash was driving southbound on County Road 98. Mark Pemberton, 45, of Woodland was, at that moment, sitting poised in a Pontiac Trans Am on County Road 27, apparently waiting for the CHP vehicle to pass on its way south along CR 98. Traffic is generally sparse at this intersection amid agricultural fields.
Suddenly, for reasons that have yet to be explained, Pemberton accelerated directly into the path of the oncoming CHP vehicle. It happened too fast. The CHP driver braked and attempted to veer out of the way to the right, but inevitably crashed into the Trans Am. The patrol car’s left front bumper impacted the Trans Am’s driver’s side door.
Pemberton was transported by ambulance to Kaiser Hospital in Vacaville. The unidentified CHP officer was treated for minor injuries and released from Sutter Davis Hospital later that morning. An investigation continues.