CHP officer killed when SUV hit by possible drunk driver

Laura Christensen
December 26, 2017

Officials said Camilleri's partner Jonathan Velasquez, was sitting in the driver's seat of their patrol vehicle at the time of the crash.

The man, who "chose to be irresponsible" and is hospitalized in serious condition, will face a slew of felony charges upon his release from the hospital, Sanchez said. All three victims suffered injuries and were rushed by ambulances to local hospitals.

The California Highway Patrol arrested 50 more people so far this Christmas holiday period in Los Angeles County and almost twice as many statewide as it did in the same period of 2016. According to a post on Twitter, CHP says they suspect the driver was impaired while driving.

"Today, we lost not only a hero, but a son, a brother, a husband and a father to a senseless act and an irresponsible decision", said Capt. Tim Pearson, who commands the CHP's Hayward area office. It appeared the driver of the Cadillac was not only drunk, but under the influence of drugs and was coming home from a party, according to the CHP.

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He was married with three kids, CHP said in a press conference. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Capt. Tim Pearson, commander of the CHP office in Hayward, fondly recalled Camilleri, who joined the department in August 2016. Another CHP officer was injured. "Andrew was drawn to this profession due to his courage, integrity and his desire to serve".

Footage from the scene shows debris littering the roadway while both cars are mangled.

A California Highway Patrol Officer has been killed in an accident involving a driver who investigators say may have been drinking.

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