Driver loses control, slams into deputy's patrol car in Alpine; authorities say speed, rain a factor

Crash near Viejas Casino & Resort

ALPINE, Calif. - A speeding motorist crashed head-on into an on-duty sheriff's deputy on a rain-slicked Alpine road early Thursday, sending the lawman to the hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.

The two-car crash on the 3900 block of Willows Road near Viejas Casino & Resort occurred about 3:20 a.m., according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Dave Schaller.

The deputy was traveling westbound when the eastbound motorist lost control of his speeding vehicle and crossed over a center divider, striking the deputy's car head-on, Schaller said.

Paramedics took the deputy to the Grossmont Hospital to treat minor injuries stemming from an air bag deployment, he said. The other motorist was not injured.

Neither drugs nor alcohol were believed to be factors in the crash, Schaller said.

The vehicle sustained major damage.

The driver of the car was cited for speeding.

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