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Officer Hugo Olazar | California Highway Patrol, California California Highway Patrol, California

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Hugo Olazar

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch: Saturday, September 2, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 10371

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Charged with manslaughter

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Officer Olazar was killed when his patrol car was rear-ended by a vehicle on I-280. He and his partner had just pulled to the shoulder of the road when a drunk driver traveling at a high rate of speed struck their patrol car. The impact caused both doors to be jammed shut and the patrol car to burst into flames. Officer Olazar's partner was able to free himself by shooting out his window and crawling out.

After an unsuccessful attempt to free Officer Olazar, his partner was able to free the three occupants of the pickup truck. The driver was charged with DUI, vehicular manslaughter, and driving on a suspended license.

Officer Olazar had served with the agency for 7 years.

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