WICHITA — A Wichita police officer working an off-duty security job at Club Rodeo was struck by a car in the parking lot early this morning, authorities said.
The 21-year-old driver then aimed his car at the officer, who had rolled off the hood onto the ground, but the downed officer was able to get out of the way.
The incident happened at about 1:45 a.m. today at Club Rodeo, 10001 E. Kellogg, when officers told the man to leave the parking lot. Instead the driver drove to another part of the lot and was talking to patrons leaving the club, authorities said.
When the officer working security approached the driver in his car again, the driver put his car into reverse, began backing away in a turn and struck the officer with the front fender.
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After he struck the officer, the driver sped out of the parking lot onto Kellogg, authorities said. Police pursued the fleeing car east and then south for several minutes before it stopped at Lexington and Fabrique, southwest of Lincoln and Woodlawn.
The driver was booked on suspicion of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence and other offenses. The officer struck by the car escaped serious injury, authorities said.