SAN JOSE -- A deputy was hospitalized Monday when his patrol car was hit by another vehicle while he was trying to stop a red-light runner near Valley Medical Center, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.
The male deputy saw a vehicle run a red light near the hospital at around 1:20 p.m. He turned on his emergency lights to make a traffic stop, and was broadsided on the passenger side of his vehicle at the intersection of Bascom and Moorpark avenues, Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup said.
Stenderup said the deputy, whose service experience was not immediately available, was taken to the hospital just footsteps away where he was evaluated for a head injury. The deputy was alert and conscious after the crash.
The driver of the car that hit the patrol cruiser stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators from the San Jose Police Department, which serves the spot where the collision occurred. The Sheriff's Office has patrol staff in the area because it has jurisdiction for the county-owned hospital as well as some surrounding areas.
The red-light runner who spurred the traffic stop got away, Stenderup said.
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