A San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy’s patch. Courtesy of the department

A San Diego Sheriff‘s deputy suffered minor injuries in unincorporated Escondido when an SUV driver fled a traffic stop and led her on a high-speed pursuit, then turned around and crashed into her patrol car.

The incident began at 10:44 p.m. Sunday when the deputy saw a dark Nissan Pathfinder driving northbound on Center City Parkway near Jesmond Dene Road without lights on, sheriff’s Sgt. Hank Lebitski said.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop at Champagne Boulevard north of Mountain Meadow Road and the suspect stopped briefly but took off in the vehicle north on Champagne Boulevard at speeds up to 90 mph, Lebitski said. The suspect then turned west on Gopher Canyon Road.

The suspect made a U-turn and entered southbound Interstate 15, then made another U-turn from the far left lane to head northbound in the southbound lane deliberately into the rear passenger door of the deputy’s patrol car, disabling it.

The deputy was taken to Palomar Medical Center for complaint of pain, treated and released, Lebitski said.

The Pathfinder was located at the Lawrence Welk Resort and a suspect taken into custody. However, the suspected driver was not located during an extensive search, Lebitski said.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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