Nicholas Joseph Gutierrez: According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office, the man accused of ramming into a group of law enforcement recruits on Wednesday while they were in training has been charged with attempted murder of peace officers. There are more charges pending.
The arrest of Nicholas Joseph Gutierrez took place on Wednesday around 3:15 local time. The sheriff’s office reports that he was not granted a bond. The 22-year-old is accused of driving the wrong way down a street and colliding with a group of 75 police enforcement recruits who were out for a morning run, injuring 25 persons, including Gutierrez. By Wednesday afternoon, five recruits were in critical condition.
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The motorist passed a field sobriety test and, in the words of Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, “blew a 0.0 on a breathalyzer.” Therefore, he stated on Wednesday, “the accident’s cause, purpose, or anything, is unknown at this moment.” The injured were sent to seven hospitals for treatment after paramedics set up a triage station on the scene.
According to Villanueva, people in the front of the formation saw the truck approaching and were able to move out of the way, but those in the back were blindsided and absorbed the brunt of the collision. The sheriff’s office reported on Thursday that the investigation by homicide investigators is ongoing.
The sheriff’s office issued a statement in which it expressed gratitude to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol, the outstanding medical staff caring for its injured employees, other agencies that helped with the investigation, and the community for its support.