PHOENIX - A DPS officer is expected to be OK after a man rammed a truck into his marked vehicle while the officer was still inside.
The suspect was on the run for hours. An employee from a local business helped authorities find him.
Matt Tom works at a Toyota forklift company in Phoenix. His day started out like most but then quickly turned into something more.
Tom said, “I walked back in to get my drink, came back out and he [the suspect] stopped me.”
Authorities said the suspect is 23-year-old George Glockner.
“He was the most obvious out of everybody. He was dirty and gross and he was laying in whatever was back there,” he said.
DPS officials said Glockner, 23, was driving a pickup truck near I-17 and Thomas Road when an officer pulled him over for an expired plate around 6 a.m. Monday.
But before the officer could get out of the vehicle, Glockner reportedly backed the truck into the marked squad car and took off.
Bart Graves with DPS said Glockner had several felony warrants already out. “To do what you had to do this morning, you have to be pretty desperate to try and kill a DPS officer," he added.
The officer, who hasn’t been identified yet, did fire one shot, however, it did not hit the suspect.
Glockner thought he could hide at the business but authorities had already given his description to the employees.
Tom said when he found Glockner, he tried to bribe him.
“He was like 'Hey man, I'll let you-I'll give you money if you let me use your phone' and I was like 'nope' and I walked back in the building and I took off,” Tom said.
Tom said he happened to be in the area Glockner was hiding “at the right time,” to find him.
Glockner had been released from prison in December 2013. He’s now facing aggravated assault charges.
The officer was taken to the hospital with neck and back pain stemming from the impact of the crash. He is expected to survive.