Los Angeles, CA – A female, 25-year-old Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy was seriously injured on Monday night after she was hit by a drunk driver while she was pursuing a suspect (video below).
The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 while the deputy was investigating an emergency call near Downey Avenue and Alondra Boulevard, KTTV reported.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters at a press conference late Monday night that the deputy was responding to a call about a 25-year-old suspicious male acting erratically in the 8500-block of Alondra Boulevard.
Sheriff Villanueva said the deputy had just arrived on the scene and hadn’t even gotten out of her vehicle yet when the suspect approached and began assaulting her through the window of her patrol car.
The sheriff said that deputy was able to open her car door and chase the suspect.
A cell phone video captured by a bystander showed the deputy chasing the suspect through a parking lot after he assaulted her in her patrol car.
However, as she was attempting to cross the intersection of Alondra Boulevard and Downey Avenue in pursuit of the suspect, Sheriff Villanueva said that deputy was struck by a Chevrolet Suburban being piloted by an intoxicated driver.
“The deputy received major injuries from that,” the sheriff told reporters. “The suspect continued running. Deputies responded to the aid of the deputy… the suspect initially was detained after a brief struggle and he is now in custody for assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer.”
The driver of the Suburban who ran over the deputy tried to get away but was taken into custody after a brief struggle, KTTV reported.
Sheriff Villanueva said that deputies determined the driver of the Suburban was driving under the influence when he struck the deputy with his vehicle.
The sheriff said the driver was arrested for felony DUI.
The deputy was transported to St. Francis Medical Center via ambulance in critical condition with an escort from the sheriff’s department, KTTV reported.
Sheriff Villanueva said the seriously injured deputy is a five-year veteran of the sheriff’s department.
“Now the deputy is in critical condition and our thoughts and prayers go out to her for a speedy recovery,” he said.
Watch the deputy chasing the initial suspect in the video below: