SANTA FE SPRINGS ( — A Whittier police officer has been hospitalized with minor injuries after his vehicle collided with a suspected drunken driver.

The crash may have been caused when a motorist ran a red light at Florence Avenue and Orr and Day Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said.

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The officer was heading eastbound on Florence around 12:40 a.m. Saturday when his patrol car was rammed by a Ford Focus traveling southbound on Orr and Day, Posada said. The impact pushed the cruiser into the path of another vehicle.

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All three drivers were taken to hospitals.

Preliminary investigations suggested alcohol may have been a factor in the first collision, Posada said.

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