Teen arrested for hitting Tempe police sergeant with car

Teen arrested for hitting Tempe police sergeant with car
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A 17-year-old boy is accused of hitting a Tempe police sergeant as he drove away for a street race last week. The teen, who is a runaway from the Salt River area, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021.

Police said the boy drove his SUV out of a parking lot, striking the sergeant from behind on Friday, Feb. 12, as the sergeant and another Tempe officer responded to a possible street race in the area.

Because he is a minor, the 17-year-old’s identity has not been released. He faces multiple charges including aggravated assault, failing to stop at a crash, endangerment and reckless driving.

The sergeant is still recovering from injuries he suffered in the crash and is expected to make a full recovery. However, he won’t be able to return to work because of the extent of his injuries, AZ Family reports.

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