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Accused drunk driver "intentionally hit" patrol car

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SAN MARCOS (CNS) - A 33-year-old man was behind bars Friday morning accused of driving drunk and using his vehicle to intentionally strike a sheriff's deputy's patrol car in San Marcos, authorities said.

Ken Steven Pochinko was stopped at a red light at San Elijo and Questhaven roads in a black Suzuki Forenza at about 6:20 p.m. on Thursday, when he intentionally made a sharp right turn into the patrol car, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Lopez.

At the time, the patrol car was stopped alongside Pochinko's Suzuki at the red light, Lopez said.

A second patrol car was stopped behind the Suzuki and the deputy in that vehicle witnessed the incident, Lopez said, noting that no one was hurt but that both vehicles sustained minor damage.

Pochinko was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and drunken driving. According to Lopez, alcohol was found in the front passenger seat of Pochinko's vehicle and he failed a field sobriety test.

"Pochinko gave anti-government comments as the reason for intentionally striking a deputy's vehicle," Lopez said.

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