July 9, 2014

Arlington officer questioning driver is hit when car speeds away

Arlington officers pursued the car from The Parks mall into Dallas before the driver jumped out and was arrested, police report.

An off-duty officer’s hunch about the suspicious behavior of the occupants of a car outside The Parks at Arlington led to his being hit by the car, which was then pursued to Dallas Wednesday afternoon, a police spokesman said.

The driver was arrested when he jumped out of the car, police said.

About 2:30 p.m., the officer approached the car and questioned the male driver. The driver, who had a female passenger, provided a name, which later was found to be false, but suddenly drove off, striking the officer, police Lt. Christopher Cook said.

“He had a parole violation, which is probably why he was giving a fictitious name,” Cook said.

He was later identified as Gary Allen Mullins, 30.

An on-duty officer saw the car fleeing and tried to pull it over, but the driver kept going. Officers chased him east on Interstate 20 into Dallas. About 20 minutes later in the 5100 block of Illinois Avenue, the man jumped out of the car and attempted to run away, Cook said.

He was arrested by Arlington officers assisted by a Tarrant County constable.

Mullins, who told police he was homeless, faces charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, evading arrest in a vehicle and evading arrest on foot, in addition to the original parole violation, Cook said.

Mullins was in the Arlington Jail Wednesday night with bail set at $28,500.

The passenger jumped out of the car and ran away, but police were not actively looking for her Wednesday evening, Cook said.

The police officer, whom Cook declined to identify, was treated at Medical Center of Arlington for minor injuries, Cook said.

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