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San Mateo, CA Police Department
Tuesday July 12th, 2011 :: 11:28 a.m. PDT


Vehicle Collision into San Mateo Fire Station #27 – Driver Arrested and Cited for Felony DUI


Update – Vehicle Collision into San Mateo Fire Station #27 – Driver Arrested and Cited for Felony DUI

San Mateo, CA – Monday Evening July 11th, 10:48 pm

San Mateo Fire Department Personnel reported to SMPD that a GMC Yukon had just crashed into Fire Station #27. They reported the vehicle to be occupied by two persons, and that the driver was unconscious.

Numerous personnel from San Mateo Police and Fire Departments, and assisting personnel from Cal Fire responded to San Mateo Fire Station #27, located at 1801 DeAnza. No SMFD Personnel were injured, but extensive damage occurred to the fire station building. The occupants of the vehicle were tended for injuries, and ultimately transported to the nearest trauma center.

Following the incident , San Mateo Fire Battalion Chief Mike Keefe issued a statement to the media detailing the above information.

UPDATE – Driver Arrested for DUI, Child Endangerment

The passenger, a 17 year-old female and the daughter of the driver, was treated and released at the hospital for a visible but non life-threatening injury. The driver remains hospitalized. She appeared to be heavily intoxicated, but did not appear to have suffered any serious injuries from the collision.

Based on their initial investigation, San Mateo Police suspected the driver to have been operating her vehicle under the influence of alcohol. The Driver, Identified as 36 year-old Lasheena Cardona of Oakland, CA, was arrested and cited for Felony DUI and Felony Child Endangerment, based on the injury to her 17 year-old daughter. As of the time of this writing, Cardona remains hospitalized.

Although no fire personnel were injured in this incident, the Fire Station was occupied at the time of the collision and this incident could have been tragically worse. The San Mateo Police and Fire Departments would like to remind the public not to drink and drive. Emergency responders know too well the tragic results that can come from drunk driving incidents and urge you to designate a sober driver.

This ‘Media Release / Community Information' is being sent to you jointly by the San Mateo Police and Fire Departments. We at the City of San Mateo take pride in alerting our community partners about activities and current events relevant to neighborhood incidents.

Sergeant Dave Norris – San Mateo PD PIO – 650 522-7626

Battalion Chief Mike Keefe – San Mateo Fire – 650-522-7920

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