A Sacramento man was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a California Highway Patrol car Thursday morning.
The collision occurred about 11:45 a.m. on Old River Road, north of County Road 17 in an unincorporated area of Yolo County. North Sacramento Area CHP Officer J. Taylor, 34, was on duty in a black and white CHP patrol vehicle traveling southbound on Old River Road at 35 to 40 mph, according to a CHP news release. At the same time, Steven Charles Smith-Nimmer, 25, was northbound on Old River Road in a 2005 Dodge Durango traveling at a speed well over the 55 mph limit, CHP officials said.
As Smith-Nimmer approached Officer Taylor, he lost control of his vehicle. Smith-Nimmer’s vehicle began to rotate out of control directly into the path of the CHP vehicle. The left rear of the Dodge Durango struck the right front of the CHP officer’s 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, the CHP reported.
After the collision, Smith-Nimmer’s vehicle continued off the roadway into bushes on the right shoulder. Officer Taylor’s vehicle came to an abrupt stop partially in the southbound lane and on the right shoulder of Old River Road. CHP officials said the patrol vehicle was a total loss.
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Both Smith-Nimmer and the officer complained of pain following the collision.
Investigators determined that Smith-Nimmer was operating a Dodge Durango that was equipped with a railway accessible apparatus. The Durango allegedly had caused another vehicle collision before being involved in the collision with the CHP vehicle.
In the first incident, a witness reported that Smith-Nimmer’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of the roadway a few miles from where the collision occurred, according to the CHP. In doing so, Smith-Nimmer allegedly forced another motorist off the roadway, causing minor damage to that motorist’s vehicle.
After officials determined that Smith-Nimmer was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he was medically cleared and booked into the Yolo County Jail.
Anyone who witnessed either collision is asked to call the Woodland Area CHP office at 530-662-4685.