Two firefighters were hit and carried about 200 feet when a man put his car into reverse and sped through a parking lot in North Highlands early Friday morning, authorities say.
The suspect fled but was later found, partly because his employment identification was found at the scene where the firefighters were hit. He was later identified as Leontiy K. Kapakly, 23, of North Highlands.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman said that at about 12:15 a.m. Friday the firefighters responded to a call at a business parking lot near Watt Avenue and Elverta Road where a person reportedly was passed out in a car.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department firefighters found a man in a car with the engine running. When the man awoke, he put the blue BMW in reverse, driving fast through the parking lot, Bowman said.
“He took two firemen with him until he crashed into a tree,” Bowman said. “That’s when the firemen were able to break free. He then threw it into drive and took off.”
It is estimated that the firefighters were carried 200 feet on the car. Both firefighters were taken to the hospital and have since been release, according to Sac Metro, one having suffered minor injuries.
During the incident, the driver’s employment ID fell from the vehicle. The name on the ID matched the name associated with the BMW’s license plate.
The man was not at his home address when authorities checked there, but dispatchers later received a call from a citizen who said an unfamiliar car was in a driveway in the 7000 block of Ort Way.
The car was unoccupied, but a police dog found Kapakly in the back yard at 3:45 a.m. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a firefighter and causing injury while driving under the influence.