SDPD patrol car hit by suspected drunken driver; Jaws of Life used to rescue officer
Officer Travis Betley recovering in hospital
Last Updated: 139 days ago
SANTEE, Calif. - A suspected drunken driver and an officer with the San Diego Police Department are recovering in the hospital Sunday following a crash in Santee.
The wreck occurred on Mission Gorge Road at state Route 125 at about 2 a.m.
Sheriff's officials told 10News that an SDPD officer was returning to his beat after dropping off a prisoner at the Las Colinas Women's Detention Facility, when his patrol car was T-boned by a pickup truck that ran a red light at the dead end of the 125 freeway.
The officer was trapped inside the crumpled wreckage due to the impact. A witness at scene said the officer was honking his horn to get help.
When firefighters arrived, they had to use the Jaws of Life to cut the patrol vehicle apart -- removing the entire roof to lift the officer to safety. The rescue and extrication efforts took about 45 minutes to complete.
The officer sustained broken bones and other serious injuries and was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital for surgery.
On Monday, the officer was identified as 24-year-old Travis Betley. He has been on the force for 14 months.
The suspect, who was also transported to the hospital, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. The extent of his injuries was unknown and his identity was not released.
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