A Merced County Sheriff's deputy and his dog suffered minor injures Thursday evening while trying to avoid a crash with another vehicle on Turner Island Road near Los Banos, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Details were preliminary at press time and the deputy's name hasn't been released.
The deputy was driving his marked patrol car around 6:30 p.m. northbound on Turner Island Road, south of Henry Miller Road. Meanwhile, a 19-year-old male from Los Banos was driving southbound at about 60 mph on Turner Island Road, according to CHP Officer Jesse Lopez.
The 19-year-old saw the deputy's car and tried to slow down, but lost control of his vehicle. The teen began swerving into the deputy's lane. To avoid a collision, the deputy swerved to the right, but lost control of his car, hitting a power pole, Lopez said.
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The deputy's patrol car went into a canal. He and the dog both escaped the water with minor injuries. Lopez said the 19-year-old driver appeared to be unhurt.
The sheriff's department's dive team responded to the scene after the crash to collect any items from the patrol car which may have went into the canal.
— Sun-Star staff