Injured boy will be acting police chief in Indio Wednesday

Adrian Grajeda had part of leg amputated after October 23rd crash

INDIO, Calif. - A 10-year-old boy who lost part of his leg in a freak accident at school will be acting police chief in Indio on Wednesday.

Adrian Grajeda, a student at Lincoln Elementary School in Palm Desert, will tour the police station, then attend the Indio City Council meeting at night. He was chosen to be acting chief by Chief Richard Twiss, police spokesman Sgt. Dan Marshall said.

Adrian was severely injured when a car driven by 83-year-old Malcolm Paterson of Palm Desert crashed into a fence at the school Oct. 23 and a piece of debris hit him.

News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 spoke with Adrian following the crash. HeĀ  had part of his right leg amputated but received a prosthetic leg that allows him to run again.

Less than 6 months after the accident, young Adrian was already back on the soccer field, pursuing his dream of becoming a professional soccer player.

He even participated in a Wounded Warriors softball camp earlier this month.

Paterson is charged with one count of driving under the influence causing injury and is scheduled to be arraigned next week.

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