DUI suspect assaults deputy while being arrested, authorities say

DUI suspect assaults deputy while being arrested, authorities say
(King County Sheriff's Office)

KING COUNTY, Wash. — A King County sheriff’s deputy contracting with the city of Sammamish was reportedly assaulted while arresting a man suspected of driving under the influence, authorities say.

The incident happened early Saturday about 3:15 a.m. in the area of Southeast Klahanie Boulevard. The deputy said he saw a red car heading directly towards him and had to swerve to avoid being hit.

The officer made a U-turn and pulled over the driver, who the officer says had bloodshot and watery eyes and denied consuming any drugs or alcohol.

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When the driver got out of the car, he had a hard time walking and staggered and swayed, authorities said. He agreed to perform some field sobriety tests but became frustrated when he failed them.

When the man was told he was under arrest for DUI, he became upset, deputies said. The deputy put a handcuff on the man, who started fighting.

During the struggle, the man fell on top of the deputy who hit his head on the curb.

Additional officers who responded arrested the man who was over the legal limit.

The deputy was treated at the scene by medics.

The man was booked into the Issaquah Jail on multiple charges, and just two days earlier was cited for speeding, deputies say.