Man accused of ramming patrol cars during chase

Sheriff's deputies chased the man in Lakeside
Posted at 10:39 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 02:14:48-04

A man waving a bible rammed two patrol cars and lead deputies on a car chase through Lakeside, the San Diego Sheriff's Department said.

This all happened before he fought off a police dog, battled with about seven deputies, during which time he was stunned at least twice, before finally being subdued and arrested.

It started about 8 p.m. near Lake Jennings.

A man in a white car was parked in a field on a stranger’s property and refused to leave, deputies said.

“Deputies responded. They couldn’t get him to get out of the car. He was very agitated, waving a bible around,” Sgt. Tim Chantler, with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, said.

The man was yelling things and when deputies tried to block him in and get him out of his vehicle he rammed a patrol car, Sgt. Chantler said.

The man drove off, southbound on Lake Jennings Park Road. Deputies chased him.

It ended on a dirt road near Interstate 8.

“Where he rammed another patrol car,” Sgt. Chantler said.

“I heard sirens behind us, thought it was on the main road, but a white car zipped by us and followed by several police cars,” Sheryl Reichart said.

“Police got out. There were guns. There were dogs. There were a lot of officers surrounding the car, clearly, something serious,” Reichart said.

“More windows in his car were broken to get at him. He fought off a sheriff’s K9 and was tased,” Sgt. Chantler said.

“It took them a while to get the guy out of the car. He fought pretty hard,” Reichart said.

It took seven deputies about five minutes to take him down, Sgt. Chantler said.

“Some of the deputies got some scrapes but nobody has been seriously injured or anything like that, and his injuries are actually, considering, are fairly minor,” Sgt. Chantler said.

Deputies suspect the man was on meth, but they are still looking into it.