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Accused drunk driver announces himself by rear-ending CHP car, officers say

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Two California Highway Patrol officers discovered a suspected drunken driver about 5 a.m. Sunday when he rear-ended their patrol vehicle, the agency reported on Facebook.

The officers were treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital and released, according to the post.

The 22-year-old Vacaville man behind the wheel pulled over after hitting the CHP vehicle on Interstate 680 near Martinez in the Bay Area, the Facebook post says.

He was cooperative but wound up being arrested on suspicion of drunken or impaired driving, the CHP reported. The agency did not release his name.

“None of us are immune to DUI/Impaired drivers on the roadways,” officers wrote on Facebook.. “Tragically we have lost officers in recent memory from impaired drivers. Please #neverdriveimpaired.”

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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