Man Arrested After Allegedly Striking Deputy With Truck, Challenging People to Fight

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    Ventura County Sheriff's Office
    Ruben Cenejas Estrada, 42, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly pushing a deputy with his vehicle in Fillmore on July 4, 2014.

    A man who was challenging people to fight while driving down a Fillmore street was arrested Friday after allegedly hitting a deputy with his truck and narrowly avoiding a crash with a responding patrol vehicle.

    Authorities said Ruben Cendejas Estrada, 42, was intoxicated while driving a red truck in the 600 block of Manzanita Drive challenging people to fight, according to a news release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

    Estrada got out of his vehicle and allegedly started fighting with a person before deputies arrived around 8 p.m. When authorities arrived, Estrada got into his truck, officials said.

    As a responding deputy tried to keep Estrada from leaving, he allegedly accelerated forward, pushing the deputy against a patrol car and onto the hood, officials said.

    Deputies began to pursue Estrada as he tried to leave the area, narrowly avoiding hitting a patrol vehicle, authorities said. Estrada hit another vehicle as he left the area and bailed on foot after stopping his truck in a nearby alley.

    Authorities later found Estrada at his home and arrested him without incident. Estrada was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run and driving under the influence of alcohol.

    The deputy pushed against the patrol car was taken to a hospital and released after being treated for minor injuries.

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