Patrol car hits fleeing suspect in Lancaster

A 19-year-old Lancaster man suspected of assaulting and kidnapping his girlfriend was struck by a sheriff’s patrol cruiser as he attempted to run from deputies Thursday night.

The suspect, who suffered minor injuries, has not yet been identified.

The episode began when Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies received a report of a man assaulting a woman in the 1000 block of East Avenue J, shortly after 10 p.m., according to Deputy Trina Schrader, a department spokesman.

Deputies learned the suspect had fled in a gray Nissan with his girlfriend and was spotted driving in a reckless manner. He crashed the vehicle near 15th Street East and Kettering Street, Schrader...

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