A deputy tries to crash into a gate at a San Diego naval base: cops

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San Diego officials say an off-duty sheriff’s deputy has been charged with driving under the influence after he tried to break down a gate at Naval Air Station North Island.

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An off-duty sheriff’s deputy accused of drunken driving tried to crash a gate at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California officials say

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Guards at the gate opened fire on the vehicle but no one was hurt in the Friday, March 17, incident, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

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The base went into lockdown following the incident, KSWB reported.

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“They had to be going decently fast, got airborne, sirens and then all of a sudden you hear small arms,” neighbor Jeremy Braud told the station, estimating he heard about 10 gunshots.

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Sgt. Michael Cruz was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence, sheriff’s officials said.

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He has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, the release said. A 16-year veteran, Cruz served in the emergency planning detail.

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“The Sheriff’s Department will not tolerate criminal behavior in its ranks and will hold employees accountable for their actions,” the release said.

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Don Sweeney was a newspaper reporter and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter for The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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