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UPDATE: Deputy hurt in fist fight following traffic collision, authorities say

Posted: July 19, 2012 1:56 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2012 6:52 p.m.

Sheriff's deputies investigate a traffic collision involving a BMW sedan on southbound Seco Canyon Road at Chapparo Drive in Saugus on Thursday.

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A local off-duty sheriff’s deputy was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with minor injuries Thursday following a fist fight with a motorist involved in a Saugus traffic collision, fire and law enforcement sources confirmed.

The deputy, whose identity has not been released, suffered a sprained wrist and sprained right ankle, said Lt. Bill Weiss, who talked to the injured deputy at his hospital bedside shortly after the incident.

“He observed a motorist traveling backward across Seco (Canyon Road) at Chaparro (Drive),” Weiss said about the events preceding the altercation.

“The motorist hit a wall,” he said, “so the deputy stopped the motorist to make the arrest.”

A fight followed, he said, adding that the deputy was off duty at the time.

Multiple Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrived at the collision site shortly after 1 p.m. having received word one of their fellow deputies was involved in a fight.

“We were dispatched for someone somehow involved in a fight with a deputy after having a traffic collision,” said a Fire Department spokesman. “We provided medical help to one person and transferred that person to the hospital.”

A man was arrested at the scene and charged with battery against a peace officer and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

jholt@the-signal.com
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