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CHP Officer Hurt in Crash on 101

Heavy rain suspected of causing car to lose control on NB 101 near Petaluma.

 An on-duty California Highway Patrol officer was hospitalized Friday night after a solo-crash in heavy rain on northbound U.S. Highway 101 just north of Petaluma, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

CHP Officer D. Gunter, who has been with the CHP for nearly three years, was driving north on the highway when he hit standing water and lost control near Petaluma Boulevard North, Sloat said.

Sloat said the time of the incident was not clear, but it appears to have been reported around 10 p.m.

The officer in his patrol car hit the guardrail and overturned into a field on the east side of the freeway, Sloat said. He was the only person in the vehicle.

The vehicle was severely damaged and the officer had to be extricated from the totaled car, Sloat said. He was pulled out with minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, Sloat said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation. Sloat said it was unknown what the officer's speed was at the time of the collision, which occurred at an area with recently completed construction that had led to some flooding in Friday night's rain.

By Bay City News Service

Bradford A Morris November 18, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Speed Kills. I have never seen a CHP motorcycle or car or even the trucks follow the speed laws. They even get right up behind your car until you move aside to let them pass. Why is this Ok for them as well city police or any law enforcement. I would like to know if they are not on a call code, does DMV give them special right to not follow the law. I hope the officer is not hurt by any means and recovers soon. I am surprized it does not happen more often for them . Or does it and we just do not hear about it? Any body see the same unsafe driving from all people who have a badge. This also goes for Fireman etc., or feel the same as I do? Like they say you can't fight city hall. I think all these badges on duty should have a satelite that mointors there speed and if they exceed the speed limit they have to justify the reasom. The chip from satelite would record their speed and where they are per shift. I would bet they already have it but not inforced.I know trucking compainies do this. It all comes down to " color of authority" which mean abusing their badge! Because they can. Law enforcement you wonder why you do not get the respect. Stop the do as I say not as I do!!! Then you will get the respect!
Darris November 18, 2012 at 08:04 PM
We all need to slow down in all areas of life IMO . . . It's easy for us to point out CHP or any other law enforcement flaws but it's best for us to look for where WE break the law, where WE can slow down. Living on the Sonoma Coast I so appreciate when I see CHP out here keeping an eye on things. Aggressive drivers are a continual issue on Hwy 1 but not one of them I've encountered has been in law enforcement or the fire department. CHP, Sonoma County Sheriff's dept., and our Bodega Bay fireman (and all of our firefighters) have saved countless lives here on the coast. I'm grateful they're here for us. I hope Officer Gunter heals quickly and is back on the road soon.

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