A Pinal County deputy who had just pulled over his patrol car to make an arrest at a DUI checkpoint, was hit by another suspected drunk driver.

The deputy and his K-9 partner were in their patrol car Sunday night, which was stopped southbound along Peart Road north of Cottonwood Lane with its red and blue emergency lights flashing. The deputy had pulled over to assist in the arrest of a drunk-driving suspect.

“As the deputy was removing his seatbelt and getting ready to get out of his vehicle, a northbound vehicle … drove into the front passengers side of his vehicle,” Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a Nov. 6 news release. The vehicle “narrowly missed striking two other fully marked PCSO vehicles and two of our members standing next to those vehicles.”

After the collision, the driver, Amanda Leyvas, 22 of Casa Grande, drove off the side of the roadway and stopped, Gaffney said. She and her passenger, Terry Sigarroba, 23 of Casa Grande, were uninjured in the crash. Both are suspected of being impaired by alcohol.

Leyvas faces charges of driving while impaired by alcohol, aggravated assault and criminal damage. Sigarroba was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of the Casa Grande City Court for interfering with a judicial proceeding, Gaffney said.

The deputy was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The canine officer was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic as a precaution.

During the DUI Task Force operation, 16 impaired drivers were arrested.

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