Tuesday Mar 10 2009
Rocklin officer injured when alleged thieves crash into patrol car
Two suspects fleeing the scene of the crime collided head-on with a Rocklin Police patrol car, injuring the officer this morning. The injured Rocklin Police officer was treated for minor-to-moderate injuries and was released from the hospital this morning. At approximately 3:20 a.m., an alert resident in the 5900 block of Tanus Circle in Rocklin spotted two subjects breaking into a vehicle that was parked on the street. The resident called the police. The first two officers arriving on scene spotted a vehicle hurriedly leaving the area. The third officer also saw the fleeing suspects. However, the vehicle collided head-on with his patrol car, totaling both vehicles. The suspects fled on foot in different directions. Utilizing K-9s as well as other officers and deputies from allied agencies, a search was conducted of the neighborhood. After about an hour and a half the driver of the get-away car was found, hiding on the roof of a recreational vehicle parked in the backyard of a nearby resident. Arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, burglary, vehicle theft, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, felony hit and run and possession of stolen property was 19-year-old Damien Joseph Galpren of Santa Cruz. He is being held on $60,000 bail in the Placer County Jail. The other suspect remains at large. His description is a medium size, medium build, white male, about 20-years-old, dressed in dark clothing. He may have suffered lacerations to his head as a result of the collision with the patrol car. Since this morning, there have been nine additional reported vehicle break-ins in the same area of Rocklin. Rocklin Police believe that the two suspects may have been involved in these break-ins as well and Rocklin PD is processing evidence.