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ELOY — A deputy for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was injured when a patrol vehicle was struck by a passing car during a traffic stop Tuesday morning.

The deputy pulled over to assist the Eloy Police Department during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 near milepost 217 at 8:39 a.m.

When the deputy stopped, he was rear-ended by another driver.

“One of our Deputies witnessed the stop and had pulled over to assist when he was rear ended by another driver,” said Lauren Reimer, spokeswoman for PCSO. “Our Deputy was taken to the hospital for treatment, he has non- life-threatening injuries. Eloy PD is handling the investigation regarding the initial traffic stop. DPS is investigating the subsequent collision.”

According to DPS, the deputy suffered minor injuries to his face. He was transported to a local hospital for care. The driver of the vehicle that rear-ended the PCSO employee is a female and was treated at the scene.

Traffic on the interstate had stopped when the collision occurred and it is unknown what caused the collision.

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Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.

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