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Police Search La Mesa Area for Assault Suspect

La Mesa police are searching for a suspect who bumped an officer with his car and then sped off.

Police are searching the area surrounding the 5500 block of Maryland Avenue for an assault suspect.

Police at 10 a.m. Thursday have established a perimeter near Lake Park Way and Lake Murray Boulevard in their search for the suspect.

The incident started when an officer responded to a report of a person sleeping in his car.

When the officer approached the car, the man woke up, bumped the officer with his car and took off, police said.

As officers pursued the man's car, the suspect drove onto a dead end street, into a backyard and hit a fence.

After his car became stuck, the suspect ran away, police said.

As of 12:30 p.m., officers were still looking for the man described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, heavily tattooed, and wearing shorts but no shirt.

No other information was immediately available.

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