Deputy Injured When SUV Slams Into Patrol Car in WeHo; DUI Suspect Arrested

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A vehicle driven by a DUI suspect slammed into a sheriff's patrol car in West Hollywood on Friday, July 31, 2015, authorities said. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.)

A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Friday morning after the SUV he was driving slammed into a parked patrol car and injured a sheriff’s deputy who was conducting a traffic stop, authorities said.

The collision happened in the 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, where the deputy was standing near the driver’s-side window of a detained vehicle, according to a statement released Sunday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The deputy glanced over his shoulder and, seeing a Mercedes-Benz SUV speeding toward him, jumped out of the way, investigators said.

The Mercedes crashed into the back of the sheriff’s vehicle, which struck the deputy, “throwing him into the air, then onto the hood of the mangled patrol car before he came tumbling hard on the ground,” the statement said.

The deputy radioed to the sheriff’s West Hollywood station and notified personnel of the crash. The nine-year veteran of the department was transported to a hospital for treatment and released later the same day, according to officials.

Neither the two occupants of the SUV nor the subjects of the initial traffic stop were injured, authorities said.

An investigation at the scene indicated that the driver of the Mercedes, Bruno Carvalho Alcantara, may have been texting at the time of the collision, the statement said.

Alcantara, a Los Angeles resident, was arrested for DUI, taken to the West Hollywood station and booked, the Sheriff’s Department said. He was released the same day.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call sheriff’s Detective Heald at 310-855-8850. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

 

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