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Alleged drunken driver rear-ends patrol car in Lomita, sergeant injured


An alleged drunken driver smacked into this sheriff's patrol vehicle in Lomita over the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Second place for drunk-driving stupidity over the Cinco de Mayo weekend -- a distant second after the DUI rampage in East L.A. -- might go to the alleged drunken driver who injured a sheriff’s sergeant after rear-ending his patrol car in Lomita on Saturday.

Sheriff’s officials say 57-year-old James Cuddy of Lomita was arrested Saturday afternoon after rear-ending a marked patrol car waiting at the light at Pennsylvania Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway in Lomita.

Cuddy was drunk when the incident occurred at about 2:50 p.m., authorities say. He was arrested on charges of felony DUI and is being held on $100,000 bail.

A Lomita Sheriff’s Station sergeant was behind the wheel of his patrol vehicle when the crash occurred and received minor injuries, authorities said. He was treated and released.