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Police: Officer struck by DUI driver in Santa Barbara

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Posted at 2:07 PM, Apr 19, 2022

Santa Barbara police say an officer's vehicle was struck by a DUI driver on Friday, injuring the officer.

The crash happened at around 6:30 p.m. in the 200 block of West Alamar Ave.

Police say the officer was sitting in his patrol vehicle completing a report when another driver crashed into the officer's car.

Upon further investigation, police determined the driver of the vehicle that collided with the police car was under the influence of drugs.

The driver was identified as 40-year-old Jeremy Joe Patterson, a Santa Barbara resident.

Police say Patterson was not injured and was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of DUI, misdemeanor driving on a suspended license, and misdemeanor driving a vehicle without an interlock device.

The officer is expected to make a full recovery and return to duty.