BARSTOW A California Highway Patrol Officer escaped with moderate injuries after rolling his cruiser over while attempting to avoid a wrong-way driver in Barstow Friday afternoon.


According to CHP reports, officer Justin Rice was traveling west on Outlet Center Drive on his way to a traffic collision on Interstate 15 at 12:30 p.m. when he saw a white minivan traveling east in the westbound lanes. Rice swerved to avoid a collision and his car veered out of control and overturned several times.


Rice was airlifted from the scene to Antelope Valley Hospital with moderate injuries.


The collision is under investigation by the CHP.