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Deputy shoots, injures driver after short chase in Orange County

The incident began when a man was reported passed out in his vehicle at a McDonald's drive-through in Stanton. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

February 23, 2013|By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times

A short chase that began early Saturday in a McDonald's drive-through in Stanton ended when authorities hit the suspect's vehicle and shot and wounded him, authorities said.

The incident began when deputies were dispatched shortly after 3 a.m. to a McDonald's near Beach Boulevard and Katella Avenue, said Lt. Joe Balicki of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. A man was reported to be passed out in his vehicle in the drive-through lane, he said.

The man was "extremely intoxicated" and "became uncooperative" when approached by deputies, Balicki said.

The man sped from the parking lot and struck a deputy's marked patrol vehicle, Balicki said. He then drove north on Beach Boulevard and turned onto Ball Road, Balicki said.

Deputies stopped the vehicle by striking its back quarter panel, causing it to spin out, near Ball Road and Gilbert Street in Anaheim, Balicki said.

One deputy fired at the man and struck him, said Sheriff's Capt. Steve Doan. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital, Doan said.

hailey.branson@latimes.com

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