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Menifee police officer remains hospitalized after vehicle collision

A Menifee police officer remains hospitalized in stable condition after his patrol vehicle collided with a pickup truck on Sunday around 9:40 p.m.

The collision occurred when the officer was responding to assist another officer with a vehicle stop associated with an individual suspected of assault with a deadly weapon.

The officer was traveling west on Holland Road approaching the intersection of Menifee Road with their emergency lights and sirens activated, the Menifee Police Department said in a news release. The light for westbound Holland Road was red prior to the patrol vehicle entering the intersection, the department said. As the patrol vehicle traveled through the intersection, it collided with a pickup truck traveling south on Menifee Road.

Both drivers were the sole occupants of their vehicles and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck has been released from the hospital. The officer remains in stable condition and is expected to be released from the hospital in the coming days. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Per protocol, when a Menifee police vehicle is involved in an injury collision with another party, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is requested to assume the investigation and determine the cause. The collision remains under investigation.

While the Riverside County Sheriff’s helicopter was present in the vicinity of the collision, it was assisting with the traffic stop near Holland Road and Palomar Road for the reported assault with a deadly weapon incident.

Upon completing the assault with a deadly weapon investigation, a misdemeanor violation was issued for gross negligent discharge of a BB device.

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