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17-year-old arrested after allegedly hitting Tempe police sergeant with car

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Posted at 4:22 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 18:35:11-05

TEMPE, AZ — A 17-year-old boy was arrested Thursday after he allegedly hit a Tempe police sergeant with a car last week.

Tempe police said the 17-year-old, who was listed as a runaway out of Salt River Pima Indian Reservation, was arrested and taken into custody in Phoenix.

On February 12, police responded to a street racing call near Mill Avenue and Curry Road and were completing an arrest when they noticed a gathering of vehicles.

The vehicles were reportedly conducting burnouts and officers noticed the vehicles were backed into designated handicapped parking without handicapped placards on display, authorities said.

Some of the individuals were inside of the vehicle and some were gathered outside of their vehicles.

As two officers approached the vehicles, one of the vehicles accelerated at a high rate of speed out of the parking spot. As the vehicle accelerated, it struck a Tempe police sergeant from behind.

Officers said the vehicle disregarded speed laws and traffic signals while not using its headlights, leading them to not pursue the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle, a black Buick Envision, was located the weekend the incident happened.

Authorities said the police sergeant sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The teen is facing multiple charges that include aggravated assault, reckless driving, and failure to stop at an injury collision.