Vacaville police arrested the driver of a car who allegedly assaulted police officers who had stopped another car on Leisure Town Road late Thursday night. Officers responded just before midnight to a disturbance that caused damage at the Hide-a-Way Bar and Lounge at 1080 Orange Drive, Lt. John Carli said.
Around the same time, an officer and a sergeant in separate police cars pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation on Walnut Road off Leisure Town Road not far from the Hide-a-Way Bar and Lounge, Carli said. The three people involved in the disturbance at the Hide-a-Way Bar and Lounge got into a silver Honda and drove off Orange Drive through an open field and toward the officers at the traffic stop, Carli said.
The Honda, with its headlights turned off, veered toward the officers who were out of their patrol car. In fear of their lives and trying to avoid the oncoming speeding Honda, the officers fired their guns to try to stop the Honda, Carli said. One of the passengers, a man in his 20s, was hit by a bullet in the leg, Carli said. The Honda struck one of the police cars and collided with a large PG&E high voltage utility box which was launched against the car that the officers stopped, Carli said.
The Honda stopped in the middle of Leisure Town Road and the officers extracted the occupants from the Honda, Carli said. The Honda driver, identified as 25-year-old Antonio Lopez Vasquez of Vacaville, was intoxicated but not injured. He was booked in the Solano County jail for assault with a deadly weapon against the officers, Carli said. The injured passenger was treated at a hospital. Vacaville police and the Solano County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident, and the officer involved have been placed on paid leave, Carli said.
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