A 44-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance Tuesday night, May 6th, after he crashed a van into several parked vehicles in Venice and struggled with officers as they tried to detain him, police allege.

During the struggle, an officer from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Division was “nicked” with a clean syringe that had not been used, according to LAPD Lt. Ruben De la Torre. The officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment and released.

No other injuries were reported.

Police were called shortly after 10 p.m. to the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Strongs Drive in Venice, where the suspect, driving a white van, had collided with several parked vehicles, De la Torre said.

When police attempted to detain the suspect, he allegedly struggled with them, at which point one of the officers was inadvertently pricked with the syringe, De la Torre said. The syringe was not used as a weapon, he noted.

Police were able to restrain the suspect, who was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance, and arrested him, De la Torre said.

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