WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Officials said a SUV slammed into a Sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car in West Hollywood Friday injuring the deputy during a traffic stop.
The accident occurred in the early morning hours in the 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, authorities said.
The deputy was standing next to the driver’s window of a vehicle that was being detained when he said he noticed a Mercedes SUV traveling towards him at a high rate of speed.
He said he was able to jump out of the way of the SUV which missed him but slammed into the rear of the parked vehicle.
The force of the impact caused his patrol car to plow into the deputy, throwing him into the air, then onto the hood of the mangled patrol car before he tumbled onto the ground.
The deputy was able to call for help. He was subsequently transported to a local hospital. He has since been treated and released in good condition.
The two adult occupants of the SUV, as well as the subjects of the initial traffic stop were not injured.
The SUV driver, 26 year-old Bruno Carvalho Alcantara of Los Angeles, was allegedly texting at the time of the collision. He was also subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and was transported to West Hollywood Station where he was booked. Alcantara was cited and released later that day.
West Hollywood Station detectives are investigating the collision and are asking anyone with information to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station, Detective Heald at (310) 855-8850.