They fly high, tracking drivers who fly down highways, but the California Highway Patrol air operations unit is keeping an eye on more than just speeding cars.
A Stockton CHP officer suffered major injuries in a crash in San Joaquin County on Monday.
But in the other four head-on crashes that were the result of a wrong-way driver, 14 people have died, leading many to wonder what can be done to save more lives.
Officers say a teen being given a driving lesson by his father lost control in a matter of seconds.
A 13-year-old boy is dead after crashing his dad’s truck in near Woodland while learning to drive, authorities say.
A 15-year-old girl is dead after an accident on the Capital City Freeway Sunday afternoon.
The boys, 3 and 5 years old, were playing on a small all-terrain vehicle on Sunday that somehow went into a backyard pond in rural Lincoln. By the time parents discovered them, it was too late.
The first pipe bomb was found near Highway 50 and Stockton Boulevard last month, and the second was found on Monday on the northbound Arden Way exit of the Capital City Freeway. The California Highway Patrol say there is little doubt that the two devices were set there on purpose.
One of the officers’ helmet cameras was rolling when officers in a helicopter hoisted up a stranded hiker from a ledge hundreds of feet high in Yosemite National Park this morning.
One person who was killed Sunday in a crash on a busy Carmichael street has been identified.
The man who was killed in a collision at the end of a pursuit on Wednesday has been identified. The San Joaquin County Coroner’s office identified him as Ricardo Guillen Estrada, 58, of Stockton.
Sol Eichner, 29, allegedly led police on the pursuit from San Andreas to Stockton in a Mercedes Benz that crashed and killed the driver in another car, who may have never seen the suspect coming.