Jimmy Jimenez injures CHP officer, later found asleep at the wheel
BERKELEY, CA (May 26, 2022) – Jimmy Jimenez, 21, who hit and injured a CHP officer on Tuesday morning has been arrested for suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run according to the California Highway Patrol.
The report from KRON 4 says:
CHP reports that as one officer walked around the left side of the disabled vehicle a Dodge Ram driving in the right lane sideswiped the patrol vehicle and hit the officer. The officer was taken to a regional trauma center with massive injuries.
The passenger of the disabled vehicle and the other officer were uninjured.
The driver of the Dodge Ram fled the scene, but was quickly found on the eastbound I-80 near Pinole Valley Road, where officers found Jimenez asleep at the wheel of the car.
Jimenez was then booked into Santa Rita Jail on counts of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Liability In Berkeley DUI Car Accidents
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.” Even small amounts of alcohol can substantially impair drivers in the following ways:
- Delayed reaction times
- Loss of muscle control
- Impaired judgment
- Lowered alertness
The family of any victim that has been injured or killed in a collision with a drunk driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury or wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Berkeley DUI Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our well wishes and a speedy recovery to the CHP officer injured while on duty. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Berkeley? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.