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Arlington officer hurt during pursuit

Dashcam video shows high-speed chase, Arlington patrol car rammed

Dashcam video shows a high-speed police chase in which a suspect spins out and then rams the police officer's patrol car, injuring the officer and doing severe damage to the police vehicle.
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Dashcam video shows a high-speed police chase in which a suspect spins out and then rams the police officer's patrol car, injuring the officer and doing severe damage to the police vehicle.

A police officer escaped serious injuries Sunday morning when a motorist rammed his truck into the officer’s car, police said.

The Arlington officer, who was not identified by authorities, was pinned inside her car. She was taken to a local hospital early Sunday where she was treated and released.

Police arrested J.P. Mendez-Guerrero of Fort Worth several hours later after he drove to a relative’s home in Fort Worth and passed out.

“DWI’s will not be tolerated in Arlington,” Police Chief Will Johnson said on the department’s Facebook page Sunday. “Nor will intentional ramming of our cars by suspects trying to flee. Our officer was injured during this violent act when the suspect tried to disable her car by intentionally ramming her.”

The officer tried to stop the driver Sunday on Texas 360. The motorist reached speeds of 100 mph in his truck, Johnson said in his Sunday post.

The suspect attempted to exit onto Six Flags Drive, but lost control and spun out onto a median. He ended up facing the patrol car.

The suspect then intentionally drove his truck toward the officer and rammed her patrol car, causing heavy damage to the patrol car and pinning her inside, police said.

Mendez-Guerrero, who was not booked into jail on any DWI charges, is accused of driving away from the scene. He was in the Arlington Jail on Sunday afternoon facing charges of aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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