Deputy Nearly Hit By Fleeing Driver During Stop

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A San Dimas deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was nearly struck Monday afternoon when a driver fled during a narcotics investigation.

The incident occurred at 5:20 p.m. at Arrow Highway and Sunflower Avenue after two deputies were investigating suspicious men inside a vehicle. While the vehicle’s passenger was detained outside and being investigated for narcotics, the driver sped away and nearly struck the second deputy standing near the car, said. Lt. Elisabeth Sachs of the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station.

The deputy near the vehicle, described as a black ’14 Volkswagen Passat or Jetta, had to move away from the driver side door to avoid being struck after the driver “aggressively reversed his vehicle, rapidly accelerated and fled the scene,” Sachs said.

The deputy was uninjured.

“It’s considered assault with a deadly weapon because there could have been great bodily injury,” Sachs said.

The Volkswagen and driver are still outstanding. The driver is described as a white male in his 30s, with a medium build and bald. He wore a striped gray tank top and dark shorts.

The passenger was arrested on a narcotics violation, Sachs said.

Booking information for the passenger was unavailable.

Anyone with information can cll the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station at (909) 450-2700.