Orange County Police Officer Hit by Suspected DUI Driver, Ashley Bertolino, 27
A police officer from the City of Orange was critically injured after he was hit by suspected DUI driver Ashley Bertolino, 27. According to a report from the Orange Police Department, the officer remains in stable condition, but will require a “long recovery.”
The accident occurred around 3:05 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th, on North Cambridge Street, just north of Walnut Avenue. The police officer had been parked along the right hand side of the curb and was getting something out of the trunk of his vehicle, according to CHP Officer D, Reich.
Ashley V. Bertolino drove her 2016 Hyundai vehicle into the side of the officer, due to her “level of intoxication,” Reich stated. The force of the impact also pushed the officer’s vehicle into three parked cars. The impact was so severe that it cause major trauma to the officer’s legs and pelvis. He was taken to OC Global Medical Center where he remains in intensive car.
Ms. Bertolino was treated for minor lacerations at UCI Medical Center and has been booked into the Central Women’s Jail on Suspicion of DUI according to the CHP and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Ms. Bertolino’s bail has been set at $100,000. She will be appearing in the Central Jail Court today.
“It’s unfortunate that motorists under the influence disregard the negative effects that may ensue from driving under the influence. Drunk drivers continue to endanger the safety of all other drivers,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law, a personal injury law firm.
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