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Deputy Seriously Hurt In Crash Involving Alleged Drunk Driver

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PALMDALE (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was seriously injured when his cruiser was rammed by a car with an alleged drunk driver behind the wheel.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Andrew Nagel says the suspect’s 2006 Mitsubishi barreled through a stop sign at 35 miles an hour and broadsided the deputy’s vehicle early Saturday in Palmdale.

Firefighters used hydraulic equipment to extricate the deputy from the smashed cruiser. Nagel says the deputy is hospitalized in serious but stable condition. His name was not released.

Jose Aguilar, a 19-year-old Palmdale resident, was treated for minor injuries and arrested for suspicion of felony drunken driving. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Nagel says two to three other people riding in the Mitsubishi were injured. Their names and conditions were not released by the department.

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