A Napa police officer crashed a police car into another vehicle while responding to a report of a fight and foot chase in downtown Saturday night, police reported.

Both vehicles sustained major damage, Lt. Chase Haag said on Monday. The officer, who was not identified, was transported to Queen of the Valley Medical with a complaint of pain, then released, he said.

The other vehicle contained three people. One was transported to the Queen with a complaint of pain, then released, he said.

The police said Monday afternoon that the California Highway Patrol was handling the investigation. An early conclusion indicated the officer was at fault and attempted to drive through the intersection against a red light, Haag said.

A resident said the crash happened at the intersection of Second and Jefferson streets shortly after 8 p.m. as the officer came down Second toward downtown at a high rate of speed.

The other vehicle contained a man, a woman and baby, the neighbor told the Register.

The officer was responding to a reported fight in the vicinity of Coombs and Second streets, police said. Officers arresting two suspects while a third got away.

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City Editor

Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.