Drunk driver arrested after causing crash that injured Fort Worth cop, police say

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FORT WORTH, Texas (TBEN) — A Fort Worth cop has been hospitalized after a drunk driver crashed him into a tree Wednesday night, police said.

At about 11:17 p.m., the officer responded to a call to assist another officer involved in a foot pursuit of an unrelated suspect.

The officer was driving west on the 3700 block of East Lancaster Avenue and passed the suspect’s vehicle when the suspect did not give up and instead turned toward the front of the officer’s patrol vehicle, police said.

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Police said the impact forced the patrol vehicle to the right where it left the roadway and hit a tree – trapping the officer inside.

The officer was removed from the vehicle and then taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in an unknown condition.

The suspect fled, police said, but was later found by officers a short distance away. A drunk driving officer found the driver intoxicated and placed him under arrest.

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The suspect – whose identity has not been released – is charged with being intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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