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DUI suspect sends Malibu deputies' cruiser crashing onto beach

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were injured early Saturday after their parked patrol car was struck from behind by a suspected drunk driver and pushed down a rocky embankment onto the Malibu shore, authorities said.

Deputies Jeffrey Miner, 51, and James Millage, 47, of the Malibu/Lost Hills station had just finished an on-foot sweep of the beach when they entered their vehicle in the 19400 block of Pacific Coast Highway around 12:45 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Stephanie Shrout said. Their cruiser was parked on the shoulder of the highway.

Within moments, a dark gray BMW struck the patrol car, causing it to roll about 25 feet down a hill and land upright in ankle-deep water. Los Angeles County and city fire personnel responded and freed the men using hydraulic cutting tools on the doors, which had been lodged shut.

“They’re lucky it wasn’t high tide, they could have drowned,” Shrout said.

The deputies were transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Millage suffered serious injuries to his lower lumbar area and was undergoing further medical evaluation. Miner had bruises on his right shoulder and clavicle and was released within hours.

Mark Liebrecht, 44, of the Woodland Hills area was arrested at the scene and booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence.

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