By Cecilio Padilla

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY (CBS13) — Authorities say a distracted driver narrowly missed crashing into deputies on horseback near Stockton on Wednesday.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office says mounted deputies were out doing a training ride along the Diverting Canal just east of Stockton. The deputies let some traffic clear and started to cross Waterloo Road when a pickup truck started coming at them at high speed.

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Deputies say it appears the pickup truck driver was looking at something in his lap and didn’t even notice the deputies.

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As the horses started to scatter, deputies say the driver finally skidded to a stop.

No one was hurt in the incident, but the horses were definitely startled.

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The mounted deputies cited the driver for distracted driving. The sheriff’s office says that citation is the first one issued by their new mounted unit.