By Elisabeth Smith

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A California Highway Patrol officer is okay after someone slammed into their SUV in North Sacramento Friday.

The officer had pulled a driver over for selling jewelry on the side of the freeway when another driver rear-ended him. The crash happened near the area where westbound Business 80 transitions to Auburn Boulevard.

Officials say the officer was outside of the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The driver that crashed into the CHP vehicle suffered minor injuries, officials said.

In October, CHP warned drivers about “freeway pawn.” The driver of a vehicle, usually a rental SUV or van with an out-of-state license plate, pulls over to the shoulder of the freeway or a busy road and pretends that his vehicle is disabled. The driver then waves frantically to get people to pull over to help them. After the Good Samaritan pulls over, the driver claims to be broke and pulls out out jewelry and tries to sell it to the Good Samaritan.

The CHP is asking people not to stop when they see these scams happening and to call 9-1-1. Provide dispatchers with the make and model of the vehicle.

 

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