Police Officer Bryce Hanes
San Bernardino Police Department, California
End of Watch: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: 89
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: November 5, 2015
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Jarrod Burguan
San Bernardino Police Department
710 North D Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Phone: (909) 383-5311
Police Officer Bryce Hanes was killed when his patrol car was struck by a juvenile drunk driver at the intersection of Fourth Street and Etiwanda Avenue, in Ontario, at approximately 2:15 am.
Officer Hanes was returning to his patrol area after transporting a prisoner to the West Valley Detention Center. He was driving through the intersection when the drunk driver ran a red light and collided with his patrol car. Officer Hanes was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The juvenile was taken into custody and was charged with DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.
Officer Hanes had served with the San Bernardino Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three young children.
A 12-year-veteran of the San Bernardino Police Department and father of three was fatally struck by an alleged DUI driver while on duty Thursday morning, police said.
The two-vehicle crash occurred at 2:07 a.m. at Etiwanda and San Bernardino avenues in Ontario, just outside of the Auto Club Speedway.
Officer Bryce Hanes had just dropped off a prisoner at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga when he was broadsided by a 2008 Dodge Charger, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.
Burguan said Hanes had the right of way and the alleged DUI driver ran a red light while heading east, slamming into Hanes’ car.
Hanes suffered massive injuries and was rushed to Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The alleged DUI driver was also transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. He has since been released from the hospital and is currently being interviewed at the Ontario Police Department.
The suspect’s name has not been released but Ontario police have identified him as a 27-year-old Fontana resident.
He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI causing injury or death, said Ontario police Sgt. Jeff Higbee.
Hanes, of Redlands, leaves behind a wife and three children under the age of 12.
Several streets around the crash site were expected to be closed for several hours as Ontario police investigate. No further details were immediately available.