Alleged drunk driver hits PCSO vehicle during DUI crackdownPosted: Updated:
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- A Casa Grande woman faces charges after plowing her car into a marked Pinal County deputy's SUV during a DUI task force.
According to PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney, the canine deputy had stopped along Peart Road north of Cottonwood Lane to help with an arrest Sunday night.
"The deputy was stopped facing southbound and had his emergency red and blue lights activated on his fully marked patrol vehicle," Gaffney said in a news release.
Just as the deputy was about to get out of his SUV, a vehicle heading north drove into the passenger side of his vehicle, narrowly missing two other PCSO vehicles, as well as two deputies who were standing next to them.
Gaffney identified the driver as Amanda Leyvas, 22. Neither she nor her passenger, Terry Sigarroba, 23, was injured.
According to Gaffney, both Leyvas and Sigarroba had been drinking.
Deputies arrested Leyvas for DUI, aggravated assault and criminal damage. They also arrested Sigarroba on an outstanding warrant out of Casa Grande.
The deputy who was inside the SUV that was hit suffered minor injuries. His canine partner was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic as a precaution.
"Members of the our regional DUI task force were out trying to make sure all of us on the roadway were safe from impaired drivers. In this case, unfortunately an impaired driver found one of our deputies before they could find her," Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "Thankfully the injuries were minor and the driver will now learn the consequences of her decision to drive while impaired."
In addition to Leyvas and Sigarroba, deputies arrested 14 other people as part of the operation.