The man approached the deputy's car wearing a white polo shirt and jeans and asked the deputy if he had been drinking. Pedroza said the way the man approached raised the deputy's suspicion.
The deputy identified himself and showed that he was armed. The man turned and fled in his vehicle, a white Mercedes.
Pedroza said the stop occurred on a dark rural road outside Salinas just before midnight Friday, and the deputy was not able to get the Mercedes' license plate number.