Man accused of driving into group of law enforcement recruits charged with attempted murder

25 LA County Sheriff’s recruits injured in Whittier crash, driver taken into custody

25 LA County Sheriff’s recruits injured in Whittier crash, driver taken into custody


person accused driving in a group of law enforcement recruits The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday they have been charged with attempted murder on peace officers during training. Other charges are pending.

Nicol├ís Joseph Gutierrez was arrested at 3:15 p.m. local time on Wednesday. He was denied bail, according to the sheriff’s office.

Earlier that day, 25 people were injured, including Gutierrez, when the 22-year-old allegedly drove down a road and crashed into a group of 75 law enforcement recruits who were on their morning run. The condition of five recruits was critical till Wednesday afternoon.

According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, the driver passed a field sobriety test and “blowed a 0.0 on a breathalyzer”.

“So, the cause of the accident, the motive, anything, is unknown at this time,” he said on Wednesday.

Paramedics set up a triage area at the scene and transported the injured to seven hospitals for treatment.

Villanueva said that people who were in front of the formation could see the vehicle coming and were able to move out of the way, while those behind could not see and bore the brunt of the impact.

The sheriff’s office said Thursday that homicide detectives are continuing their investigation.

“The Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol, the incredible medical staff caring for our injured personnel, the other agencies who assisted with this investigation, and the love and support we have had from the community experience,” the sheriff’s office said in its statement.

Sarah Lynch Baldwin contributed reporting.

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