Deputy cruiser hit during chase in El Paso County

 Hector Villa Diaz
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Published: Dec. 5, 2018 at 4:59 AM MST
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A chase in rural El Paso County ended with a deputy cruiser smashed and a man in handcuffs early Wednesday morning.

The two sheriff's deputies involved in the pursuit were unhurt. The vehicle sustained minor damage.

EPSO is reporting the suspect was slowing down and doing circles while driving in the middle of the street while slamming on his breaks. EPSO reported the suspect was drying to get deputies to hit him on "numerous occasions." The suspect eventually hit a deputy's vehicle who responded to the scene and drove away.

The suspect driver then headed east on Highway 94 and drove off the roadway into a field. He hit various items while driving in the field and continued driving in circles before crashing his car. The suspect was found nearby lying on the ground with a Bible around his head. Authorities believe the suspect may have been under the influence of drugs.

Deputies then flooded the area and took the suspect in custody.

The suspect faces charges of attempted assault on a peace officer and a slew of other offenses. He was identified as Hector Villa Diaz.

Editor's note: We were initially told by the sheriff's office that the vehicle was totaled. They have since updated that the vehicle did not have significant damage. We have updated this story to reflect the change.

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