A passenger died after a suspected drunk driver slammed a vehicle into a parked Santa Ana police cruiser late Friday night, officials said.

Two Santa Ana police officers were sitting in their parked police unit in the area of Washington Avenue and Lowell Street when a Honda crashed head on into the patrol vehicle at 11:20 p.m., the Santa Ana Police Department said in a news release.

Orange County Fire Authority paramedics responded and started treating the officers and people inside the Honda before they were all taken to a nearby hospital.

A passenger who was in the Honda was later pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

The man behind the wheel of the Honda, Jesus Emmanuel Perez of Santa Ana, was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to the department.

Police said it appears the vehicle was headed east on Washington when it collided into the police unit, which was parked facing Lowell.

Photos released by police show major front-end damage to both vehicles. The Honda’s windshield appeared smashed.

No information was available on the officers’ conditions Saturday afternoon.

The crash remains under investigation and no further details were immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator N. Guijarro at 714-245-8284 or the Santa Ana Police Department’s Traffic Division at 714-245-8200.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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