Two men have been arrested and a third is at large after trying to run over officers who were investigating a suspected drunken driver, according to sheriff's officials.
Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, a sheriff's sergeant stopped a suspected impaired motorist in the 2300 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue. California Highway Patrol officers were called to assist.
While investigating, the officers heard a vehicle rapidly approaching their patrol cars, sheriff's officials said. A Honda Civic drove through the parking lot, narrowly missing the officers, then crashed into a Heritage Bible Church building.
The car's three occupants fled on foot, and two were arrested after a brief chase. Sheriff's officials said Jose Antonio Lopez and Miguel Angel Gutierrez, both 19, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, participation in a criminal street gang, resisting an officer and numerous weapons-related offenses.
The third suspect remains at large.
A loaded, short-barreled .30-30 rifle was found in the car, deputies said.
There's no indication the suspected DUI driver and the other suspects knew each other, according to deputies.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 861-3110.