MONTEREY PARK (CBSLA.com) — Police sought the public’s help Saturday in locating the hit-and-run driver believed to have struck a California Highway Patrol cruiser, which caught on fire.
According to the CHP, around 2 a.m. two officers were driving on the eastbound 10 freeway, when they noticed an abandoned vehicle just east of the Peck Road exit.READ MORE: Ex-Catholic Priest Charged With Sexually Assaulting 4 Boys In Palmdale, Redondo Beach
They pulled over and were waiting outside their cruiser for a tow truck to arrive when the hit-and-run collision occurred between a dark Mitsubishi Eclipse and a minivan.
According to police, the driver of the Eclipse hit the minivan from behind and fled.
The impact forced the driver of the minivan to lose control of the vehicle, which then flipped on top of the CHP cruiser.READ MORE: Stewart Waithanji Of Costa Mesa Charged With Murder After Hit-And-Run Crash Kills 74-Year-Old Man
The cruiser subsequently caught fire. The officers were not inside the vehicle but were standing a few feet from the blaze.
Two people inside the minivan were taken to a hospital but are expected to be OK, officials said.
No other injuries were reported.
Police explained the Eclipse should have significant front-end damage from the crash.MORE NEWS: CDC Study Finds Airlines Should Leave Middle Seat Empty To Reduce COVID Spread
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact CHP at (323) 980-4600.