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Sarasota deputy injured, hit by car

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A Sarasota County Sheriff's deputy is recovering after he was struck by a driver on Siesta Key early Thursday morning.

The deputy was questioning a driver when he was hit. The deputy walked in front of a Nissan Altima to talk to Stephen L. Testa, 23, of Venice when Testa revved his engine, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The deputy ordered him to stop, but Testa drove forward, knocking the deputy onto the hood.

Testa then drove south at a high rate of speed and lost control of his car. He then crashed into three palm trees. Testa was airlifted to Blake Trauma Center with non life-threatening injuries.

The Sarasota deputy, whose name has not been released, was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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