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Police Squad Car Plows Into Home

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SANTA CLARA (AP) — A Santa Clara police officer escaped uninjured after he lost control of his squad car, crashing into the garage of a home.

Police say the officer was driving his car with lights and siren on as he drove to assist another officer who was in pursuit of a stolen car a little before noon Saturday.

Santa Clara police Lt. Phil Cooke told the Mercury News that when another vehicle pulled out in front of the officer, he swerved to avoid the vehicle and crashed into the home.

As for the suspected car thief, police arrested a 23-year-old San Jose man, described by Cooke as a parolee.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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