A veteran California Highway Patrol officer crashed into a compact car in Hemet when he drove through a red light without using his siren or emergency lights, a fellow officer said Tuesday.
CHP Officer Ramiro Gonzalez, 44, was responding to a traffic collision Monday night when he collided with an Acura RSX at the intersection of Warren Road and Florida Avenue, CHP Officer Darren Meyer said.
Neither Gonzalez nor the other driver — John Malone, 56, of Winchester — were injured. A passenger in the Acura, 24-year-old Megan Malone, also of Winchester, was also unhurt.
Meyer said Gonzalez was not placed on administrative leave, and an investigation would be conducted to determine if any disciplinary action will be taken.
The officer, who has been with the CHP for 22 years, was attempting to cross Florida Avenue from southbound Warren Road. Meyer said he stopped briefly before continuing across the intersection.
“Facing a red signal light, he looked both ways for approaching traffic,” Meyer said. “Without using his forward red emergency lights or siren, Officer Gonzalez entered the intersection against the red light.”
Driving eastbound on Florida Avenue, Malone — who had a green light — attempted to swerve, but crashed into Gonzalez’s patrol car, Meyer said.