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Police car crashes en route to reported road rage incident in Anaheim

An Anaheim police car collided with another vehicle while responding to reports of a man who had brandished a gun in an apparent road rage incident that resulted in one arrest on Monday, March 23.

No shots were fired, Anaheim Police Sgt. Shane Carringer said. No major injuries were reported in either incident.

The sequence of events leading up to the crash began when a caller told authorities that a man behind the wheel of a black Toyota had displayed a firearm while driving near Anaheim Boulevard and Ball Road at about 8 p.m., Carringer said. An officer dispatched to the incident was traveling in a marked police car with its lights and sirens activated. It collided with an SUV in the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue.

  • Police investigate near the site of a collision involving an SUV and an Anaheim Police Department vehicle at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue on Monday, March 23 (Photo by Brentt Sporn/OnScene TV).

  • An Anaheim police car collided with an SUV at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue while en route to an alleged road rage incident on Monday, March 23 (Photo by Brentt Sporn/OnScene TV).

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  • An Anaheim police car collided with an SUV at the intersection of Anaheim Boulevard and Cerritos Avenue while en route to an alleged road rage incident on Monday, March 23 (Photo by Brentt Sporn/OnScene TV).

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Photos taken at the site of the crash showed a Dodge Durango in the intersection with damage to its rear driver side, and a police car with a smashed front end that appeared to have traveled over a sidewalk and onto a patch of grass. Nobody was seriously hurt, but the driver of the civilian SUV was sent to a hospital for evaluation with complaints of pain, Carringer said. No person was taken into custody in connection with the collision, which was under investigation Monday evening.

Meanwhile, the suspect in the reported case of road rage was stopped by officers nearby and arrested, Carringer said. He was booked on suspicion of felony assault, and later identified as David Park, 42, of Fullerton. He had a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, and will not face any charges for possessing the gun involved in the alleged incident.

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