Talk about being in a hurry.
An impatient motorist who didn’t want to wait around for a speeding ticket picked a fight with the wrong guy Wednesday afternoon.
Sgt. James Anderson said the 62-year-old black male, whose name and community were not immediately available, was stopped on westbound Soledad Canyon Road just east of Bouquet Canyon Road at 12:50 p.m. when he suddenly backed up his car in the direction of Deputy Travis Kelly, who was busy writing him a citation.
Kelly managed to stop the driver from ramming him. The man got out of his car, Kelly tackled him, took him to the ground and threw on the handcuffs.
The call went out as a “deputy involved in a fight.”
An ambulance arrived to escort the driver to Henry Mayo Hospital – not because he was injured in the altercation, but because of “personal medical issues,” Anderson said.
Kelly was uninjured.
Anderson said even if the two men didn’t actually come to blows, it’s still considered a fight if a deputy has to knock a suspect to the ground.
The driver was later released from the hospital. Although threatening to strike a deputy with a moving vehicle could be prosecuted as assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, the man hasn’t been arrested pending further investigation by detectives, Anderson said.
Maybe he finally got where he was going – a few hours late.
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