Traffic Collision/Felony DUI Arrest

September 14, 2023 12:59 PM

Santa Monica, CA – On September 13, 2023, at approximately 2pm, patrol officers responded to a report of a traffic collision with injuries at the intersection of Yale Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. Preliminary investigation indicates a black Audi was traveling westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard and struck a SMPD traffic enforcement scooter as it crossed on a green light. The officers found the occupant of the scooter, an SMPD Traffic Services Officer, had been ejected from the scooter and was suffering from significant injuries. SMFD transported the officer to a local hospital for treatment. She is currently in stable condition.

By policy, the California Highway Patrol was called to handle the crash investigation and reporting. Our partners in LAPD’s Pacific Division assisted with a DUI exam of the driver of the Audi for suspected drug use. The driver was ultimately arrested for Felony Driving Under the Influence.

Our hearts are with our injured employee as she begins the long road to healing. This is a hard reminder that we are all at risk, anytime and anywhere, when drivers choose to use drugs or drink and drive. For the safety of all of us in the Santa Monica community, if you see someone who appears to be driving under the influence, call 9-1-1 immediately. 

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Erika Aklufi