SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy and the passenger of another car were injured after their vehicles collided in North Highlands Tuesday morning.

With lights flashing and sirens blaring, the deputy was headed northbound on Don Julio Boulevard passing Antelope Road when the side of his vehicle was hit by an Acura, according to Sheriff’s department spokesperson, Deputy Jason Ramos.

The deputy was headed to a burglary in progress at the time of the crash. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Acura, who had the right-of-way, also had minor injuries.

One of the burglary suspects was arrested and a second got away on foot. Authorities say the crash did not jeopardize the response to the burglary.

Comments (14)
  1. Kim Gonzalez says:

    Just wanted to say you guys are so awesome! I live off of Don Julio and Poker and was coming home from the store when I saw the Good Day Van and all sorts of police cars. Wondering what was going on I figured I would pull up the net and see if anything had been posted. and of course good ol channel 31……Thanks

  2. vincent says:

    I just hope and pray that the police officer(s) and the other unnamed parties are all ok.
    However, this brings to mind the Sacramento “Crash tax” so……It would only be fair for the city of Sacramento to charge the police department the crash tax fee.
    Insidious? yes, and that’s the way that most people view this obscene “crash tax”
    Cities, counties, states are going to have to learn to live within the confines of their local budgets. Perhaps the fire chief could take a hard look at his probable 6 figure per annum salary!

  3. jack says:

    yea tax the police…thats STUPID. they get their funding from us tax payers. so yea go ahead and tax them so more money can come out of our pockets. ridiculous response

  4. Bigballplayer says:

    The Acura had the “right of way” no such thing when a emergency vehicle is rolling with lights and sirens. All vehicles must yield therefore giving the Deputy the “right of way”

    1. k says:

      If I remember right, that is only true for the ambulances, not necessarily the others.
      I could be wrong but I remember hearing that a while back and thinking it was odd then too.

    2. Mike says:

      As A former Polce Officer i can tell you that you o’t havethe right to just blow through stop signs and red lights, even while rolling with lghts and sirens, as you described it. It is the reponsibilty of the operator of the emergency vehicle to enter a controlled intersection with caution. Yes, you are responsible, and sometimes don’t have the right of way when entering an intersection. In essence, when you have lights and sirens, you are asking permission to proceed through an intersection when the right of way is not yours.
      below is an except from the California Vehicle code.
      21807. The provisions of Section 21806 shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons and property.

      Added Ch. 653, Stats. 1961. Effective September 15, 1961.

  5. Aaron says:

    When a public service vehicle has the sirens and lights on, regardless of Fire or Police Departments, we as drivers relinquish the “right of way”. Hence if we see lights or hear sirens behind us we are SUPPOSED to pull over to the right and wait for them to pass. Maybe all Californian’s need to be retested for the drivers license privilege. COMMON SENSE FOLKS! Pay attention.

  6. Ginger Reese says:

    I worked for an ambulance compny and we slowed down to make sure we could enter the insection. I was taught that all emergency vechiles must slow down if they don’t have the right away and to only enter when it’s safe to enter. I’d love to see the traffice report to see who is sighted. Not the officer I bet.

  7. mike says:

    Bigballplayer, I totally agree with you! And K, read your drivers manual! It clearly states that you MUST pull to the right for ALL EMERGENCY vehicles, when they have activated their lights and sirem.

  8. tmr says:

    Emergency Vehicles

    You must yield the right-of-way to any police vehicle, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle using a siren and red lights. Drive to the right edge of the road and stop until the emergency vehicle(s) have passed. However, never stop in an intersection. If you are in an intersection when you see an emergency vehicle, continue through the intersection and then drive to the right as soon as it is safe and stop. Emergency vehicles often use the wrong side of the street to continue on their way. They sometimes use a loud speaker to talk to drivers blocking their path.

    From the California Driver Handbook.

    1. Gabe says:

      Very true…when driving down the road. Intersections are different. Most traffic light controlled intersections are now equipped with strobe light detectors that can detect code 3 emergency vehicles coming and will change the lights to give them the right of way. However, in ANY case, the emergency vehicle must approach the intersection with caution to ensure the safety of others. Lights and siren do not give them the right to blow through an intersection.

  9. 55fordtown says:

    If they cross in front of you, there may be no time to yield. 🙁

  10. Pro LE says:

    The press in Sacramento is a joke, why even bother to write, “The driver of the Acura, who had the right of way”….last time I checked CBS 13 had no formal traffic investigation training….just a bunch of liberal a$$holes who do nothing but bag on cops every chance they get! Don’t forget who is out protecting you while you sleep at night, allowing you to safely make it to work each day to write this mindless BS! I have had it with the media in Sac!

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