Mar 6, 2016
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Two marked Richmond police vehicles were struck by drunken drivers within a five-hour period Saturday night and Sunday morning, police said.

The first incident occurred about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at San Pablo Avenue and Carlson Boulevard, where the traffic signals weren’t working due to the storm, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

“As the officer slowed down to a stop for the blacked-out intersection, a car behind the officer’s patrol car crashed into the marked police car,” according to Tan’s report.

The driver, who had prior convictions for DUI, had a strong odor of booze on him and was later found to have had twice the legal limit for blood alcohol content. The legal limit is .08-percent. The officer involved in the collision suffered minor injuries and the driver was booked on felony DUI charges, police said.

About five hours later, at 2:15 a.m. in the 500 block of Hayes Street, another police vehicle was struck by a suspected drunken driver, police said. A 40-year-old Richmond man was arrested in connection with the incident. As police described it:

“While the officer drove on the residential street, the driver of a car was dropping off a passenger in the opposing lane of traffic. When the driver of the car pulled away from the curb, he sideswiped the officer’s driver’s side of the fully marked police car.”

The driver also smelled of booze, police said, and had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit. He was arrested and booked.

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.