Jasper County deputy, suspect hit by car

The incident happened Monday night about 60 miles southeast of Atlanta in Jasper County.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Deputy Carlos Rhodes found two men, who he suspected might be intoxicated, walking in the roadway on Pennington Road about 9:30 p.m.

Rhodes was attempting to arrest Martin Cervantes, 35, from the Morgan County town of Buckhead, and Cervantes began resisting the deputy, the State Patrol said in an emailed statement Tuesday.

An approaching vehicle swerved to miss the second man, who had walked into the opposite lane, and hit Rhodes and Cervantes.

The deputy was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center with a broken leg.

Cervantes was also airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment of injuries that the State Patrol said were serious.

The driver who struck the two men stopped and rendered aid, the State Patrol said.

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