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Chase ends in office crash

Posted: July 21, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: July 21, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Dr. Karl E. Standifer looks at crash damage done to the storefront of his chiropractic office on Soledad Canyon Road in Saugus.

Chiropractor Karl E. Standifer spends his days putting people’s bodies right, but on Wednesday, he spent all day putting his office back in shape after a wayward Sheriff’s Department cruiser slammed into it.

On Tuesday night, the cruiser crashed into two businesses on Soledad Canyon Road in Saugus — one being Standifer’s, the other operated by an e-commerce company.

The sheriff’s deputy was chasing another vehicle when a car pulled in front of him. He took evasive action to avoid the other car — a move that investigators said prevented serious injuries — but crashed into the strip mall on Soledad a little east of Bouquet Canyon Road.

No one, including the deputy, was hurt in the crash.

The crumpled cruiser was towed from the scene, and both storefronts boarded up.

“I got the call at a quarter to 11 (p.m.); our landlord of the building said a sheriff’s deputy has run through the front office,” Standifer said Wednesday morning.

“I spent the rest of the night cleaning up,” he said.

Standifer said he was, of course, relieved that the collision happened at night and not during business hours.

His neighbor, a Web-design firm called eSolutions, shared his sentiments Wednesday.

“We were all gone by then, but it could have been terrible if it had happened at a different time,” said Karl Pierce of eSolutions.

Owner John Duncan said it is not unusual for himself and others to work as late as 10 p.m.

“I could have been taking a nap on the couch that’s now destroyed,” he said.

About 10 p.m. Tuesday, a local sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a motorist who allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Bouquet Canyon Road.

The deputy was driving east on Soledad behind the motorist when a third vehicle turned into his path entering Soledad from a strip mall, said Sgt. Rich Nagler of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The deputy took evasive action to avoid hitting the third vehicle, a small white car, Nagler said.

“Had he not done that, someone would have had some serious injuries,” he said. “The deputy evasively maneuvered around the car.”

“He’s OK today, but he has some minor bumps and bruises,” Nagler said of the deputy.


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