Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Officers struck downtown Friday are doing well

I just wanted to update you on two of our officers who were hit by a car Friday night while directing traffic outside the Sprint Center following a concert. Police had closed Grand Boulevard from Truman Road to 13th Street. At about 11:30 p.m., officers saw a vehicle traveling north on Grand at Truman Road, which then attempted to go eastbound on Truman in the westbound lanes of traffic (the wrong way). Officers approached the driver in an attempt to direct him westbound. But as they approached, the driver accelerated, striking one officer with the front of the vehicle and throwing him up onto the hood. The officer rolled off the hood onto the street. The suspect continued northbound on Grand striking the second officer at 13th and Grand in the wrist. Other officers took the suspect into custody near 11th and Main.

Fortunately, the two officers who were hit are going to be all right. They were banged up and are pretty sore, but both are back at work today on full duty. This situation could have been much, much worse, and we are very grateful it wasn't.

The suspected driver has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, one count of resisting arrest and one count of leaving the scene of an accident. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

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