TUCSON, Ariz. - A Pima County Sheriff's deputy lost his eye after a drunk driving suspect kicked in his left eye with the heel of her boot Saturday, according to the sheriff's office.

Traffic deputies were conducting a DUI investigation in the area of East Drexel Road and South Alvernon Way when they arrested 28-year-old Yesennia Gonzalez.

Yesennia Gonzalez, 28 (Photo: Pima County Sheriff's Office)
Yesennia Gonzalez, 28 (Photo: Pima County Sheriff's Office)

The sheriff's office said as deputies were attempting to place Gonzalez into a patrol car, she began deliberately kicking at those around her.

Traffic Unit Sergeant Mark Bustamante's left eye was severely injured when Gonzalez kicked it with the heel of her boot, according to deputies.

Bustamante was taken to the hospital, where doctors operated on his eye. But authorities said doctors were not able to save it.

The sheriff's office said Gonzalez also kicked another traffic deputy on scene.

Gonzalez was booked into the Pima County jail on two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, one count of resisting arrest and one count of DUI.