DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUSPECT HITS DEPUTY'S CAR HEAD-ON

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East County News Service

March 1, 2015 (Santee)—Eddie Martin, a 41-year-old man wanted for a domestic violence incident, is under arrest after fleeing, then crashing head-first into a responding deputy’s patrol car in Santee last night.

Deputies from the Santee Sheriff’s substation responded to a domestic violence call at 10:40 yesterday morning in the 9700 block of Mast Boulevard.   Martin’s wife told deputies that during a dispute in which he allegedly committed felony domestic violence, Martin told her that he was willing to engage in a gun battle with law enforcement if they contacted him.

He fled before deputies arrived, but returned in the evening shortly after 7 pm.  His spouse called and reported that he was banging on the front door, but he again left before deputies reached the scene, said Sergeant Tom Seiver.

Deputies searched the area for Martin and at 7:42 p.m., they spotted him driving his Chevy Tahoe east on Mast Boulevard near Halberns Boulevard in Santee.

When deputies tried to pull him over, he refused to yield and instead, drove in the wrong direction, heading westbound in the eastbound lanes on Mast Boulevard until he collided head-on with a responding deputy’s patrol car.

The deputy was taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries; his patrol car sustained major front-end damage.

Martin was arrested and a stolen handgun was found in his vehicle. He was taken to a hospital, treated for minor injuries, then booked into Central Jail for felony domestic violence, evading arrest, possession of a stolen handgun, causing injury while driving under the influence, and other related charges.