Police are investigating a crash that sent one of their own to the hospital with moderate injuries. Bakersfield Police say Officer Jason Mears was in his patrol car Friday night. That's when a car driven by 25-year-old Jose Hernandez of Bakersfield heading eastbound on Monterey Street, collided with the parked police car. Several marked police cars were parked on Monterey Street at the time with their overhead lights flashing.
Mears sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Kern Medical Center where he's listed in good condition. In the back seat of Mears' patrol car was 28-year-old Michael Marrufo in custody in the back seat. He was treated for minor injuries.
Hernandez was arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail on charges of felony DUI and driving with a suspended license.
Anyone with information is asked to call Bakersfield Police at 661-327-7111.