Driver “Intentionally Hit” Patrol Car: Deputy

A San Marcos man faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, accused of driving straight into the car of a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy.

Deputies say Ken Pochinko, 33, was stopped at a red light at San Elijo Road and Questhaven Road in San Marcos around 6:30 p.m. Thursday when he made an intentional right turn and hit a car driven by Deputy Thomas Hendricks.

Another deputy in a separate car witnessed the incident.

Pochinko failed a sobriety test and made anti government statements deputies said. Deputies said they also found alcohol on the front passenger seat of Pochinko’s car.

Hendricks and Deputy Sean Zdunich arrested Pochinko for assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence.

He is being held at the Vista Detention Center.

No one was injured in the incident.

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