Lake Havasu City Police Department officials reported Tuesday that night-shift police officer Richard Castillo suffered minor injuries after crashing into a semi-truck parked in the southbound lane of London Bridge Road.
The crash was reported at 11:29 p.m. Monday. Castillo was travelling southbound in the 200 block of London Bridge Road when he struck the rear of the truck causing damage to the police cruiser he was driving, said Sgt. Troy Stirling, police department spokesman.
“(Castillo) was driving, patrolling that area and was spotlighting the business on the left,” Stirling said. “He was driving with his right hand on the wheel and the next thing he knew he had hit the back of the truck.”
There is a concrete island in that section of road that Castillo was maneuvering to avoid. Police reported major damage to the police cruiser and minor damage to the semi-truck’s trailer.
Castillo was transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Castillo didn’t return to duty after the crash. At this time, Castillo is expected to resume his normal work schedule and isn’t subject to any work suspension in relation to the crash, Stirling said.
“It’s totaled,” Stirling said of the damaged police vehicle. “There is no coming back on that vehicle. It’s been taken out of the fleet.”
The vehicle has been towed to a city lot where more than likely it will be used for parts. The vehicle was a 2008 or 2009 model, as are most of the city’s police cruisers, Stirling said.
As of press time, it was unknown how fast Castillo was travelling at the time of impact but no braking was involved, Stirling said.
Alcohol isn’t a factor. And the semi-truck was legally parked.
Police continue to investigate the incident. Castillo was hired at the local police department in 2006.
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