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DUI suspect rams fire truck in attempt to flee police

When the suspect was asked to step out of the car to be evaluated by paramedics, he accelerated in reverse, slamming into the apparatus behind him


Phil Diehl
The San Diego Union-Tribune

ALPINE, Calif. — A man allegedly attempting to evade arrest backed his pickup into a firetruck and injured a deputy who was trying to speak with him Monday morning in Alpine.

Deputies and firefighter paramedics were called a little after 7 a.m. about a man asleep at the wheel of a pickup parked at a Chevron station on Tavern Road, sheriff’s Sgt. Wes Hyde said in an interview recorded by OnScene.TV.

“They immediately recognized drug paraphernalia in plain sight in the vehicle,” Hyde said.

When the man in the pickup was asked to step out of the vehicle, he accelerated in reverse with the door open and backed into the fire truck. The pickup’s open door struck the deputy and knocked him to the ground, causing a minor abrasion to the nose and some pain to the shoulder, the sergeant said.

The deputy was taken to a hospital for observation. Damage to the vehicles appeared to be minor. No one else was injured.

The suspect, 32, of National City, was taken into custody without further incident, Hyde said. He is expected to face charges of DUI, assaulting an officer, and more.


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