City officer injured after being struck by car


A five-year city police officer was recovering from non-life- threatening injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night after he was struck yesterday evening by a stolen car in a gas station parking lot in East Baltimore.

The officer, who was identified only as Officer Mendez by police spokesman Donny Moses, was assisting in an arrest.

An unmarked police car was following a black Toyota Camry, stolen in Howard County, about 5:30 p.m. when the car pulled into the gas station at Orleans and Washington streets. Mendez, called in for help, got out of his patrol car and approached the Camry from behind, ordering the driver to get out. The car suddenly went into reverse, striking Mendez and throwing him several feet. The car then drove away at high speed, evading police.

Moses said Mendez was upgraded from critical condition to good condition late last night.

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