COLTON – A 22-year-old Colton man was arrested on Sunday for a hit and run followed by the assault of a deputy, Sheriff’s officials said. At around 2:00 a.m. deputies responded to La Crosse Avenue north of Barton Road to the report of a traffic collision.
A vehicle was reported to have hit a pole but when deputies arrived there was no vehicle at the scene. Deputies located a license plate belonging to the vehicle which was able to lead them to the suspect’s home where the vehicle was located.
Jonathan Bennette, the driver, was located hiding in his backyard. Deputies saw signs of Bennette being under the influence. Deputies proceeded to conduct a DUI investigation during which time Bennette appeared as though he was going to pass out. The deputy moved closer to keep him from falling.
Authorities said that Bennette then punched the deputy in the face. The deputy stumbled back and Bennette fled the area on foot. Other deputies arrived and began a search and were able to locate him in a wash area. When located Bennette continued to resist arrest and attempted to grab at the deputy’s baton.
He was soon taken into custody and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for Assault on a Peace Officer, Driving Under the Influence, Hit and Run. The deputy who was punched in the face was seen at a local hospital for treatment. There were no other injuries reported as a result of this incident.
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