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'CHiPs' Star Erik Estrada

BEWARE 'Carmageddon'

6/24/2011 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former "CHiPs" star Erik Estrada -- who played one of the most famous CHP officers of all time -- is back in action ... this time, with a warning to L.A. drivers ... about "CARMAGEDDON."

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Sources tell TMZ, Erik will be filming the PSA next week -- telling L.A. drivers how to avoid the massive 3-day closure of the 405 freeway from July 15th-July 18th ... a closure that is sure to paralyze the entire L.A. area.

Erik -- a real-life reserve officer -- tells us, he's always happy to help out his fellow cops ... "When law enforcement asks for help, the answer is always yes."

Way to go, Ponch.

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