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Off-Duty Deputy Shoots Suspected Drunk Driver Near Downtown

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a suspected drunk driver early Wednesday after the man caused the deputy to veer towards a freeway siderail, police said.

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The deputy was following the suspect on the Santa Monica (10) Freeway at about 4:30 a.m. when the near crash and shooting happened, Sgt. Dino Calderas of the LAPD said.

The deputy and suspect both exited the freeway at Mateo Street. Police arrested the man at 41st and Alameda Street, Calderas said.

The deputy hit the suspect with a single shot to the forearm, Calderas said. The man was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in stable condition. The deputy was not injured.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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