Calif. deputy punched in cruiser then struck by driver during foot chase
Deputy Dakota Palanca suffered major injuries and was taken to a hospital in critical condition
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGLES — A 25-year-old Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy is in critical but stable condition after being struck by a suspected drunk driver Monday night while running after a man authorities said assaulted her in her patrol vehicle.
Deputy Dakota Palanca was the first on the scene after a 5:40 p.m. call about a man acting erratically on the street in Paramount, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference Monday evening.
Before Palanca could confront the man, he began assaulting her, punching her through the police car’s window, Villanueva said.
She jumped out of the vehicle and chased the suspect toward Alondra Boulevard and Downey Avenue. While crossing the street, she was struck by a Chevy Suburban, the sheriff said.
Officials said the driver was under the influence. Palanca suffered major injuries in the collision and was taken to a hospital in critical condition, officials said.
#LASD appreciates the outpouring of prayers & support for our deputy. We are pleased to share she is responding to treatment. She faces a long road to recovery & is surrounded by family. Please continue to keep her & her family in your prayers. @LKDLASD— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) November 27, 2019
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to her for a speedy recovery,” Villaneuva said Monday evening.
The suspect in the assault was arrested by other deputies after a brief struggle, officials said. The Suburban driver was arrested and could face a felony charge for allegedly driving under the influence.
It’s tough to see one of our own in the ICU. My wife and I said a prayer for our @LKDLASD Deputy, Dakota Palanca, please keep her in your prayers. #SheriffV #LASD pic.twitter.com/DdPKmBoPnq— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) November 26, 2019
An LA County Sheriff’s Deputy is in serious condition after getting hit by an SUV in Paramount. The driver then took off. Cell phone video shows the events that led up to the crash - the latest on the investigation on KCAL9 at 10 and #CBSLA at 11. pic.twitter.com/wNFx7lCCrP— Chris Holmstrom (@ChrisVHolmstrom) November 26, 2019