RICHMOND, Calif. — The Latest on an officer injured after being ran over by a car (all times local):
Police in Northern California say two teenagers have been arrested in the hit-and-run of an officer who was trying to break up a gathering of car enthusiasts.
The Richmond Police department says 18-year-old Juan Vargas was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly drove his sedan into the eight-year veteran.
Police also arrested Vargas’ girlfriend, 18-year-old Genesis Diaz, on suspicion of conspiracy.
Officials say the officer tried to stop cars for vehicle violations when Vargas accelerated toward the officer who was on foot and rammed into him.
The office was taken to a hospital and treated for cuts, scrapes and at least one broken bone. He has been released and is recovering.
Officials say a Northern California police officer trying to break up a gathering of car enthusiasts was seriously injured after being slammed by a car that fled the scene.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the officer was struck Sunday in Richmond after he and other officers arrive at an intersection where people were gathered to see cars spinning doughnuts and peeling out.
Richmond Police Lt. Felix Tan says that as police tried to stop cars for vehicle violations, the driver of a sedan accelerated toward the officer who was on foot and rammed into him.
He says the eight-year veteran of the department had broken bones and cuts to his head and body.
Tan says investigators are interviewing witnesses to try to identify the driver.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com