CASA GRANDE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A Pinal County Sheriff's deputy is recovering after being hit by a suspected drunk driver in Casa Grande Saturday morning.
In a tweet, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said, "The deputy's a little banged up, but he's recovering well."
The three-vehicle crash happened just after 1 a.m. Saturday in the southbound lane of Pinal Avenue by the City of Casa Grande Airport.
The deputy was at that location following a traffic stop, waiting for a tow truck to tow a Chevy Blazer to an impound lot. The driver of the impounded vehicle had already been cited and left the scene prior to the collision.
As the deputy was standing on the passenger side of his vehicle, a Dodge pickup truck struck his fully-marked patrol vehicle from the rear, knocking the deputy toward the airport fence. The collision also sent the deputy's Tahoe crashing into the back of the Blazer.
The Casa Grande Police Department responded and began the investigation.
The deputy was flown to a Phoenix-area hospital for treatment of his injuries, which are said to be non-life-threatening.
The roadway remained closed for several hours.
The driver of the Dodge was identified as 32-year-old Casa Grande resident Bryan Whittemore.
Whittemore was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and the following charges will be submitted to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review: aggravated assault, endangerment, aggravated criminal damage, DUI and reckless driving.
Early this morning, one of our deputies was hit by a drunk driver. The deputy's a little banged up, but he's recovering well.Please remember to make good choices before you get behind the wheel. Be safe Pinal County. https://t.co/iwsCjifi2G— Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (@PinalCSO) November 17, 2018