Parking enforcement officer hurt in North Long Beach crash

A parking enforcement officer was hurt when an SUV rear-ended her vehicle on Artesia Boulevard around 7:15 a.m. Monday, according to Long Beach police.

Police said the officer was slowing down in her marked car to check on a vehicle that appeared to be illegally parked near Obispo Avenue when a black Chevrolet SUV hit her, sending her vehicle spinning onto the sidewalk.

“The city vehicle then came to rest after colliding with a chain link fence along the south side of Artesia Boulevard,” LBPD Officer Ivan Garcia said.

The crash left the parking enforcement officer with pain to her lower body, but paramedics were able to treat her at the scene, Garcia said.

Police said the SUV’s driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, which was still ongoing around 9 a.m.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.