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LANCASTER - A drunk motorist who told deputies he wanted to make the TV news was arrested after throwing a beer bottle at a patrol car, then leading deputies on a car chase for four minutes.

Sergio Lopez, 22, of Lancaster was disappointed when he found out that news helicopters don't routinely fly over the Antelope Valley, deputies said.

The chase started just before 11 p.m. Thursday after Lopez threw a 40- ounce beer bottle at a patrol car that had pulled alongside his vehicle at 10th Street West and Avenue I, officials said. The deputy had his window rolled up and was not injured.

Lopez stopped and surrendered without incident after about four minutes, deputies said. When they asked him why he threw the bottle at the deputy, he said he wanted to be on the news.

Lopez was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail on suspicion of evading arrest, assault on a peace officer and driving under the influence of alcohol, deputies said.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Aug 14, 2004
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