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Man Accused of Hitting Two Firefighters with Car, Driving Away

 
Man Accused of Hitting Two Firefighters with Car, Driving Away
Posted Friday, May 16th 2014 @ 6pm  by KFBK News - James Rojas

Two firefighters were injured in the Antelope area early this morning when a driver struck them with his car and fled the scene.

Firefighters were responding to a call at Watt Avenue and Elverta Road of a man passed out inside his car with the engine still running.

Sgt. Lisa Bowman with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department says when firefighters approached the car, that's when the suspect woke up. 

"He put the vehicle into reverse and took the firefighters with him as he backed through the parking lot at a high rate of speed until he hit a tree," Bowman said. 

The suspect, Leontiy Kapakly, then fled the scene -- leaving the first responders injured.

A good description of the car was given and deputies began searching. Then they received a call from a homeowner on Ort Way. 

"The homeowner had no idea who was in the car, who owned the car, why the car was in his driveway. So a search of the backyard -- the K-9 found him," Bowman said. 

The 23-year-old suspect was taken into custody and police are trying to figure out if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

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