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Update: CHP Identifies Officer Injured In Car Accident While Responding to Pursuit

By Kelli Saam
Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Mark Mester, mmester@krcrtv.com
Published On: Feb 21 2013 10:52:57 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 22 2013 05:01:46 PM CST

Officials told us the officer was making a U-turn on Highway 99 East near Eldrid Avenue in Dairyville to respond to a call around 6:45 p.m.

DAIRYVILLE, Calif. -

The California Highway Patrol has identified the officer injured in a car accident Thursday night.  The injured officer is Dave Madrigal, a 22 year veteran of the CHP.

He is currently being treated at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

Madrigal was air-lifted with major injuries after his vehicle was broadsided by an SUV.  Officer Madrigal had to be extricated from his vehicle.  The accident closed Highway 99 in Tehama County for five hours while traffic was detoured onto side streets.

The collision happened around 6:45 p.m. Thursday near Eldrid Avenue in Dairyville in Tehama County.  

The CHP said Madrigal was southbound on Highway 99 when  they received a request from the Tehama County Sheriff's Office to assist with a pursuit of a stolen vehicle. 

Officer Madrigal activated his emergency lights, pulled to the right shoulder and began to make a U-turn.   The patrol vehicle was struck on the driver's side by another southbound vehicle.  The 1994 Jeep Cherokee was driven by Sean Stutsman, 22 of Chico.

Stutsman and his passenger declined medical aid at the scene.

Madrigal was able to radio CHP dispatch about the collision and request assistance.  Mercy Medical Center is not releasing information about Madrigal's medical condition.

The driver's side door of the patrol car was caved in, and the car was pushed up against a power pole.

All the parties involved were wearing seatbelts.  The collision is being investigated by officers of the Red Bluff CHP Area with assistance from CHP's Northern Division Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team.

Officer Madrigal was previously injured in the line of duty.  He was shot in the knee during a standoff with a suspect in Gerber in December 2008.

Stay with us as we learn new details.