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Suspected DUI driver rams into sheriff’s car
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Photo contributed A San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office patrol cruiser was struck in French Camp last week by 45-year-old Michael Komara who was determined to be under the influence. Nobody was injured in the accident, but when the deputy went back to make contact with the driver that rear-ended the vehicle, he had reason to believe the driver was under the influence – administering a field sobriety test that determined Komara had a blood alcohol level of .20. He was arrested and subsequently

It’s never a good thing to drive while intoxicated. 

It’s really not good a thing to hit a car while intoxicated. 

And as one motorist found out last week, when the car you hit while driving under the influence is a police cruiser, it’s a guaranteed trip to jail. 

While driving in French Camp near the intersection of McKinley Avenue and Watters Road, an on-duty San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputy was struck by a Toyota being driven by 45-year-old Michael Komara. 

Nobody was injured in the crash – Komara rear-ended the police cruiser and dislodged the bumper – but when the deputy approached Komara he noticed a strong smell of alcohol from him and administered a series of field sobriety tests that he subsequently failed. A blood alcohol test administered from a portable unit determined that Komara had a blood alcohol content of .20 – more than twice the legal limit in the State of California. 

He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.