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CHP officer injured in Highway 49 crash released from hospital

A California Highway Patrol officer injured Monday when his patrol vehicle was rear-ended near Grass Valley has been released from the hospital.

The officer, identified by the CHP as R. Douglas, was on duty about 2:30 p.m. driving a marked CHP vehicle northbound on Highway 49 approaching the intersection with La Barr Meadows Road. The traffic signal was red and other vehicles were stopped for the red light. As Officer Douglas slowed to a stop, his patrol vehicle was struck from behind by a Toyota Rav4 SUV driven by Harold L. Goodman, 63, of Grass Valley, according to a CHP news release. Both vehicles were propelled forward and became disabled in the roadway.

The officer was able to broadcast an emergency radio call from his vehicle, and emergency personnel responded to the scene. Both Goodman and Douglas sustained minor to moderate injuries.

CHP officials said Goodman was sporadically uncooperative with medical personnel. He was taken by ground ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley. Following a medical evaluation, Goodman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, a felony due to the injuries caused to another person.

Officer Douglas was taken by a CHP helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He was released from the hospital and allowed to return home. CHP officials said he will remain off duty until cleared to return to work.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy