A Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy remains hospitalized with a head injury, several broken bones and possible internal injuries after his motorcycle was hit by a suspected drunk driver Sunday afternoon.
"I remember hitting the pavement, it was like I was thrown, then I looked over at the driver of the car and said help me," said Jose Torres from his hospital bed.
The driver of the car didn't help, instead he drove away leaving Torres lying in the intersection of 8th Street and Mesa Drive in Mesa.
"He started driving off in front of me and I said where are you going, stop," said Torres.
A Good Samaritan followed the driver of the car who was arrested.
A Sheriff's Office spokesperson said 41-year-old Abel Garcia-Deniz now faces several felony charges.
Torres said Garcia-Deniz was drunk, didn't have insurance and is in this country illegally.
Torres, a Hispanic man with 18-years of law enforcement experience, has strong feelings regarding illegal immigration.
"I don't like that there are Hispanics here that are being exploited simply because they're not documented," said Torres.
He believes undocumented immigrants who want to work, make money for their families and obey the law need help getting their papers.
However, Torres supports his boss, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the sheriff's crime suppression sweeps arresting illegal immigrants.
"Being Hispanic, I don't like that my people are exploited and rounded up and charged 100 dollars a week when there's a ton of them in one apartment," said Torres.
Deputy Torres was not working at the time of the crash and was riding his personal motorcycle.
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