A deputy in Santee suffered minor injuries during a vehicle pursuit of an armed and drunken suspect who had earlier injured his wife during a domestic violence dispute Saturday night.

Deputies were dispatched at 10:40 a.m. to the 9700 block of Mast Boulevard where Eddie Martin, 41, had allegedly committed felony domestic violence during an argument with his wife and told her he would engage in a gun battle with law enforcement if they contacted him, said Sgt. Tom Siever of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department‘s Santee said.

Martin fled the scene before deputies arrived, Siever said.

At 7:08 p.m. Saturday Martin’s wife called 911 to report that he was at their home and banging on the front door. Again, he left before deputies arrived, the sheriff’s sergeant said.

Deputies checked the area for Martin and his Chevrolet Tahoe and spotted him at 7:42 p.m. Saturday driving his vehicle east on Mast Boulevard near Halberns Boulevard.

Martin failed to stop when deputies tried to pull him over. He drove westbound into the eastbound lanes of Mast Boulevard, where he collided head on with a responding deputy’s patrol car.

“Martin was arrested at the intersection of Mast Boulevard and Hartland Circle and a stolen handgun was found in his vehicle,” Siever said.

The deputy involved in the crash was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. His patrol vehicle sustained major front end damage, the sheriff’s sergeant said.

Martin was taken to an area hospital where was treated for minor injuries. He was later booked into the Central Jail on charges of felony domestic violence, felony evading, possession of a stolen handgun, causing injury while driving under the influence and other related charges, he said.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.