Sheriff’s patrol car crashes into SUV in Los Osos

December 9, 2013

sherrifA San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s patrol car collided with an SUV in Los Osos Sunday evening, resulting in moderate injuries and significant damage.

The collision occurred around 8:35 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Nipomo Avenue and South Bay Boulevard.

Los Osos resident Andrew Wallace was stopped at a stop sign on Nipomo Avenue in his Subaru Forester. Wallace then turned left into the path of the deputy on South Bay Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision resulted in both drivers sustaining minor injuries. Wallace went to a local hospital for treatment.

The hood of the patrol vehicle is caved into the car.

CHP is continuing to investigate the crash.



Black patrol cars tend to blend in with their surroundings.


South Bay Blvd & Nipomo is a dangerous intersection. If you are on the west side of SBB on Nipomo you have a difficult time determining if someone who is heading north on SBB is turning left on to Nipomo or going straight. In either instance they can be going 55 before entering the intersection. Try crossing SBB to the other side of Nipomo. You may wait a long time before traffic clears before crossing the intersection. They have needed a traffic signal at that intersection for a long time. Does it take a fatality before we get a signal?


In reading the article at the Tribune, the pictures accompanying the article tell a distinct story; either the driver of the Subaru totally missed the Sheriff’s car coming towards him, or that Sheriff’s car must have been flying. I have been passed on occasion by a SLO Sheriff Deputy patrol car driving 20 or 30 miles a hour over the speed limit with no flashing lights or sirens; is this common practice, or shouldn’t they use their flashing lights when responding to a call? I do want to state that I do not “know” what happened in this particular accident, but it is possible that the Deputy was traveling much faster than the speed limit.


I agree Bob. It has always been my understanding (not saying it is correct) that if they aren’t rolling a call, they are to obey the speed limits the same as you and I. Now do we see that? NO!! I see a LOT of Sheriff’s up here in the North county travel the 101 at 75-80.

Theo P. Neustic

There is no code 2.5, legally anyways. They are to obey all traffic regulations unless they are “code 3” and that is with lights and siren. Yes they do drive 2.5 frequently and it’s a stupid move that could cost them their career, life and /or some civilian’s life. In this instance though, even if the deputy was going too fast, turning left in front of an oncoming car because you think that you can make it, is foolish.


“In this instance though, even if the deputy was going too fast, turning left in front of an oncoming car because you think that you can make it, is foolish.”

What about the possibility that the Subaru driver looked very hard to see if there was any oncoming traffic, didn’t see any, and as soon as he turned his head, the “possibly” speeding sheriff’s car came barreling into the area and the deputy did not have time to react to the car turning directly into his path, and the driver was completely unaware that another vehicle was coming upon him?

Theo P. Neustic

Well, I suppose that the accident report will answer this all.