Drunken-driving suspect punches police officer

6:57 a.m. September 19, 2007
SAN DIEGO: A police officer was punched in the face late Monday while helping to arrest a drunken-driving suspect, who police subdued with the aid of a Taser.

The incident began about 11:15 p.m. when a Harbor Police officer tried to make a traffic stop. A motorist in a white Jeep was speeding down Pacific Highway and running through traffic lights, said Harbor Police Sgt. Kathleen Fabregast. The driver refused to pull over, which led to a pursuit through Mission Hills and Old Town at speeds of up to 60 mph, Fabregast said.

The chase ended in a cul-de-sac on Harney Street when the driver made a U-turn and collided nearly head-on with a Harbor Police cruiser, Fabregast said. The driver fought with officers taking him into custody, punching an officer from the San Diego police Central Division in the face, she said.

The man was shot with a stun gun and subdued. He was booked into county jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, evading arrest and battery on a police officer, Fabregast said. G.G.