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Temecula CHP officer injured by suspected DUI driver


Last updated 10/22/2009 at Noon

A Temecula-based California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was injured at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, as he conducted traffic control on Pala Temecula Road.

As the officer, a 13-year veteran of the CHP, was trying to manage traffic near a two-car collision, Nicholas Gabbard, a 27-year-old from Temecula, approached the collision site in his 2007 Infinity M45 but did not slow down.

According to a CHP press release, the officer realized Gabbard was approaching the collision “at a high rate of speed” and did not seem to have the intention of slowing.

The officer attempted to run out of...

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