Speeding Teen Hits Sonoma Deputy During Chase

A Sonoma County sheriff's deputy is in stable condition after a teen driver allegedly struck and injured him during a short high-speed chase.

Authorities say Deputy Brett Fairbanks was laying spikes on the road to stop the 16-year-old Petaluma boy.

Fairbanks was hit when the boy allegedly veered away from the spikes and into the deputy, throwing him several feet. The 16-year-old's car then smashed into the deputy's patrol car.

The chase began early Sunday after the boy nearly hit another deputy. The deputy tried to pull him over, but he sped off.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of evading police and causing
injury while driving under the influence.

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