Driver says he ran a red light before crashing into officer's vehicle in downtown San Diego
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A Chula Vista police officer taking two prisoners to jail was involved in a downtown crash with another motorist, San Diego police officials said Thursday.
The crash at Fourth Avenue and Ash Street happened about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego Officer Frank Cali.
Witnesses told 10News the driver in a Toyota Camry was travelling southbound on 4th Street and ran a red light. The driver ended up slamming into a prison transport vehicle driven by a detention officer. Two prisoners were also inside.
Police said both vehicles were destroyed in the crash.
Following the incident the officer drew his gun and ordered the driver to the get to the ground. Witnesses told 10News the Camry driver was behaving erratically and was eventually placed in the back of a patrol car.
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate the prisoners from the vehicle.
The officer involved in the crash complained of shoulder pain and the two prisoners were each taken to a hospital to be checked out for injuries, Cali said.
The Camry driver, Ala Jamchi, was not injured.
"I ran a red light like an idiot because I saw all these lights all shining on me," Jamchi said referring to the street lights. "What can I do ... don't be shining on me."
Authorities said the driver will not face any charges in the crash.
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