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Police: Fairfield Lieutenant Caused Head-On Collision After Drifting Into Wrong Lane in Vacaville Crash

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VACAVILLE -- A Fairfield Police lieutenant and a woman are in critical condition after a head-on collision in Vacaville.

Witnesses say, on Thursday afternoon, a pet grooming van stopped at the intersection of Ulatis Drive and Christine Drive and pulled out into the west bound lane.

The woman driving the van was then struck by a Jeep Wrangler driven by the Fairfield lieutenant after he crossed into her lane.

Multiple witnesses called 911 after the pet grooming van overturned.

Several sources told FOX40 the lieutenant, who was off duty and driving the Jeep at the time of the crash, was taken to the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville.

“At last word he is in critical condition but expected to survive,” said Vacaville Police Department Lt. Mark Donaldson.

Sources told FOX40 the lieutenant involved in the crash had multiple fractures of the shoulder, elbow, arm and leg. The woman driving the grooming van had fractures of the rib and ankle.

Vacaville Police investigators say witnesses saw the police lieutenant driving erratically before crossing into the wrong lane.

“For whatever reason that Jeep Wrangler drifted, veered into oncoming traffic and struck the van in essence head-on,” Donaldson said.

The lieutenant is a 24-year veteran of the Fairfield Police Department and has been honored in the past as police officer of the year and police administrator of the year. He has also served on the board of directors of the Solano First Federal Credit Union.

The Fairfield Police Department would not identify the name of the lieutenant, saying only that an employee of the department was involved in a serious car crash and that the department was doing all it could to get his family through a difficult time.

The investigation has not been completed and investigators say that could take some time.

“Sometimes it can take days, weeks even months based on the complexity any traffic collision,” Donaldson explained.

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