Tristin Zurita Arrested, CHP Officer Injured in DUI Crash Near Visalia
Tulare County, CA (August 23, 2020) – On Saturday, a CHP officer sustained injuries, while 26-year-old Tristin Zurita of Tulare was arrested for a DUI crash on Highway 99.
California Highway Patrol said a suspected DUI driver near Visalia hit a patrol car.
Sgt. Michael Wolfe said a CHP patrol car with two officers parked behind an abandoned vehicle along southbound Highway 99, south of Betty Drive around 2:20 AM.
The passenger went to inspect the abandoned vehicle, while the driver pulled the vehicle’s plates.
Just then, Zurita drifted and struck the CHP patrol car.
The officer driving the patrol car sustained moderate injuries, while Zurita incurred minor to moderate injuries. Rescuers took both of them to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for treatment.
The two of them were later released.
Meanwhile, the officer who was outside of the patrol car during the collision did not get injured.
The authorities believe Zurita was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Police arrested and booked Zurita into the Tulare County Jail on charges of DUI causing injuries. DUI with .20% blood alcohol content causing injury and obstructing to an officer. Zurita was held on a $100,000 bond.
Authorities continue to investigate the accident.
Practice safe driving habits on the road at all times… even when it is empty, even when there is no police officer around to make sure you make a full and complete stop.
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