PALMDALE – A 19-year-old Palmdale man was jailed after driving under the influence, running a stop sign, hitting a parked sheriff’s patrol car and injuring the deputy seated inside.
Jose Aguilar was arrested for Felony Driving under the Influence early Saturday morning. The injured deputy was taken to a local hospital for treatment with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.
According to the Sheriff’s report, deputies were responding to a possible burglary, man with a gun call around 3:24 a.m. Saturday in the area of Casa Verde Drive and Avenue S, Palmdale.
While en route to the call, deputies parked their vehicles along the west side of Casa Verde Drive and Avenue S to pre-plan their tactics in response to the call.
During that time, a 2006 Mitsubishi driven by Aguilar failed to stop at the stop sign and broadsided the driver’s side of the parked sheriff’s patrol car at approximately 35 mph. The deputy who was seated behind the steering wheel was injured in the collision.
Los Angeles County Firefighters responded to the scene and used hydraulic equipment to extricate the injured deputy from the wreckage.
Aguilar was given a Field Sobriety Test, which he failed. Aguilar sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital and then booked at the Palmdale Station with a bail amount of $100,000.
Deputies later determined that the original call was not a burglary incident, but a prowler was possibly at the location. The suspect was not at the residence when deputies arrived.
Suspect Aguilar was not connected to the original call.
(Information via press report from the Palmdale’s Sheriff’s Station)