Driver Intentionally Rams Sheriff Vehicle; DUI Suspected

OnScene.TV reports about an accident that left a Ventura County Sheriff’s Office sergeant seriously injured and an Oxnard man in jail for an unprovoked vehicular attack that is suspected to have involved driving under the influence.

According to spokespeople from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the initial incident occurred near the intersection of Los Angeles Avenue and County Drive around 2:14 a.m. The suspect, a 28-year-old Oxnard man, rear-ended a patrol vehicle driven by a sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office, in what they believe to be an intentional and unprovoked attack. The suspect reportedly struck the vehicle twice, forcing it to overturn, then fled the scene of the incident. 

The sergeant was able to radio for help and provide a detailed description of the suspect’s car, which led to a pursuit when other deputies spotted the suspect as he fled the area. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with the attempted murder of a police officer, DUI, and felony hit-and-run. This is the third time he’s fled from police officers in recent weeks, but unlike the first two times, they are unlikely to release him after this latest incident. 

The injured sergeant had to be extricated from his vehicle and was taken to a local hospital, where he is expected to make a recovery.

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