Motorist rams SDPD patrol vehicle in Clairemont

Police were searching Friday for a motorist who rammed an officer’s patrol vehicle in Clairemont Mesa East, then ditched the SUV he was driving and bolted along with a cohort who had been along for the ride.

The man behind the wheel of the Toyota 4Runner accelerated before crashing it into the patrol vehicle — apparently on purpose — on Mount Albertine Avenue near Salizar Street shortly before 11:30 p.m. Thursday, according to San Diego police.

The victim was sitting inside the cruiser at the time but suffered no injuries, Sgt. Ed Zwibel said.

The driver of the SUV and his passenger then jumped out and ran off into a nearby apartment complex. Officers searched the area but were unable to find the two men.

Police were investigating the crash as an assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, Zwibel said.

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