Alleged DUI Driver Arrested After Collision With Garden Grove Police Officer

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A suspected drunk driver was taken into custody early Sunday after his vehicle collided with a patrol car being driven by a Garden Grove officer, authorities said.

Around 3:40 a.m., the unidentified officer was traveling north on Knott Street when an oncoming driver headed southbound crossed over into northbound lanes near Stanford Avenue, according to a news release from the Garden Grove Police Department.

The officer made an evasive maneuver to avoid crashing into the other vehicle, but the cars ended up colliding, police officials stated in the release.

Both vehicles sustained major damages in the crash.

Several other Garden Grove police officers arrived at the scene a short time after and determined that the driver who collided with the patrol car displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol, the release stated.

The driver, identified as 21-year-old Alexander Berlimo, was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving. He was also found to be driving without a license, police officials said in the release.

The two injured men were transported by paramedics to UC Irvine Medical Center, where the officer was treated and later released. It was unclear if Berlimo remained hospitalized.

The case was forwarded on to the District Attorney’s Office, which would decide whether to file charges against Berlimo.

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