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Deputy uses patrol car to stop runaway vehicle

September 22, 2011 |  3:22 pm

Sheriff's deputy stops runaway car
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy used his patrol car Thursday to stop a runaway vehicle on Foothill Boulevard, officials said.

A Tujunga woman, 51, was driving a Ford Focus on Foothill Boulevard near Pennsylvania Avenue in Glendale  about 11:20 a.m. Thursday when the deputy noticed her frantically trying to wave him down as her car continued to accelerate,  officials told the Glendale News Press.

The woman went through at least five intersections before the deputy was able to get ahead of her and use his brakes to stop the runaway car, Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Ogurek said.

No one was injured in the incident, and the woman's Focus sustained nothing more than a minor scratch.

A preliminary inspection of the woman's vehicle found that her brakes were not working.

Ogurek said the department doesn't necessarily train for techniques on how to stop runaway vehicles, but he described Deputy Marcelo Ruiz as having "a lot of driving experience."

"He just happened to be the right person at the right place at the right time," Ogurek said.

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Photo: A sheriff's deputy used his patrol car on Thursday to stop a runaway Ford Focus. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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