As reported by the Mercury News, a California Highway Patrol officer was struck and injured by when an alleged drunken driver crashed into a pickup truck the officer was trying to dislodge from the mud.

The officer, Skyler Tesch, 31, was trying to assist the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck that had spun out and become stuck in the mud, partially blocking the far-right lane.

Tesch and his partner had parked the patrol car, with its lights flashing, behind the pickup and set up road flares to block the right lane of traffic.

However, 20-year-old Stevone Jones of San Jose veered into the lane and crossed over the flares, smashing into the pickup truck at a speed of 65 mph. Tesch was thrown 20 feet down the highway and suffered a broken leg.

Jones was arrested on a felony charge of driving under the influence.

Because California felony DUI cases can result in far greater penalties, it is important that DUI offenders seek representation from skilled California DUI attorneys who are experienced with felony DUI cases and who can help minimize the potential DUI penalties.

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