MESA, Ariz. (FOX 10) - Police say an officer and a sheriff's deputy have been hospitalized after a suspect rammed a car into them in the parking lot of a Mesa Circle K.
According to the Mesa Police Department, the incident happened near Broadway and Ellsworth Roads when the officer and a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy were standing just outside their fully marked patrol vehicles.
MCSO says at 4:15 a.m. Thursday, a white 1996 Buick Century driving north on Ellsworth Road turned into the Circle K parking lot at a high rate of speed and accelerated, colliding with the rear of one of the Mesa PD vehicles and striking two of the MCSO deputies and one of the Mesa officers.
"One deputy and one Mesa PD officer were hit so hard they rolled onto the hood of the Buick; a second deputy was struck in the leg. The collision pushed the Mesa PD vehicle 15 feet forward," stated MCSO's Joaquin Enriquez.
The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Carlos Albert Diaz is in custody. MCSO says he was driving on a suspended license, failed a field sobriety test and admitted to using illegal drugs.
The MCSO deputies and Mesa officer were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. They were later released after treatment.