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Texas man allegedly hit fire apparatus while trying to run over deputy

The suspected drunk driver was taken into custody after a short pursuit

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Harris County Sheriff’s Office officials say a suspected drunk driver crashed into a fire apparatus twice while attempting to strike a deputy who was directing traffic at a crash scene.

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By Laura French

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Law enforcement officials in a Texas county say a suspected drunk driver crashed his vehicle into a fire apparatus twice while trying to strike a sheriff’s deputy.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Paul Bruce told KHOU that first responders were at the scene of an unrelated crash Sunday when the suspect tried to hit a deputy who was directing traffic. The suspect allegedly ran into a fire apparatus after missing the deputy, then put the vehicle in reverse and hit the apparatus again, officials said. The deputy was not injured.

A short pursuit followed after the driver allegedly fled the scene. Deputies caught up with the vehicle after it crashed on a dead-end road, authorities said. The suspect reportedly attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended.

The driver, whose name was not released, now faces possible charges of driving while intoxicated, assault on a peace officer and evading arrest.

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