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Suspected drunk driver hits deputy in Palmdale

November 13, 2011 |  5:08 pm

A suspected drunk driver ran a stop sign and broadsided a sheriff's patrol car in Palmdale over the weekend, authorities say.

Deputies responding to a report of a possible burglary and man armed with a gun were parked along the west side of Casa Verde Drive and Avenue S about 3:24 a.m. Saturday, according to a Sheriff's Department statement.

While they were parked, Jose Aguilar, 19, ran through a stop sign at about 35 mph and struck the driver's side of a patrol car with a deputy sitting inside.

The deputy had to be extricated from the wreckage by firefighters and was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Aguilar was given a field sobriety test, which he failed, and was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence. He was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and then booked at the Palmdale sheriff's station in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Aguilar was not connected with the original burglary report, officials said. 


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