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Fort Worth officer setting out cones struck by car, seriously injured; driver arrested

A Fort Worth officer who was setting out cones and flares early Friday morning along a U.S. 287 access road was seriously injured when a car slammed into her, police said.

The driver, who ran away and led officers in a foot chase, was arrested, police said. Jail records identify the driver as Oscar Jesus Barragan, 32. Barragan is charged with intoxicated assault with a vehicle, causing serious bodily injury.

The female officer is recovering, with serious but not life-threatening injuries, police said. Her name wasn’t released. She was commissioned as a Fort Worth police officer in December 2016.

Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus has been at the hospital with the officer, police said. Her family also was at the hospital.

Units were notified around 2:45 a.m. Friday that an officer had been struck by a vehicle on a service road to U.S. 287 at the Harmon Road exit, police said. Around the same time, other officers pulled up behind the scene and made the call for an officer down.

Police determined a vehicle hit the officer as well as her car as she was putting out the cones and flares at the scene of a major accident. The officer was wearing a reflective vest, and emergency lights on her patrol vehicle were on, police said.

“After hitting the officer’s vehicle, his vehicle veered off into a ditch where he abandoned it,” said police spokesman Officer Buddy Calzada in a Friday morning news conference. “He then fled on foot.”

Using the police Air One helicopter, officers found the man, later identified as Barragan, walking along the service road, police said. He then started dashing into a field, where officers were eventually able to arrest him. Barragan was the only person in the vehicle.

“Keys to the abandoned vehicle in the ditch were found on him,” Calzada said.

Officers requested medical assistance for the man, who was treated at the scene, and later took him to jail, police said.

Barragan told police he had been at a local establishment before the accident, police said.

“This incident reinforces the serious consequences of driving under the influence,” police said in a news release. “Designated drivers and ride share programs are available options for drivers who are under the influence, or have had too much to drink.”

Barragan also had three outstanding local warrants when he was taken into custody, but police did not provide any further details on those charges.

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Jack Howland is a breaking news and enterprise reporter. Before coming to the Star-Telegram in May 2019, he worked for two and a half years as a breaking news reporter at the Poughkeepsie Journal in New York. He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.