Driver strikes city police officer while fleeing impound lot

Motorist did not want to pay to pick up vehicle

August 03, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A city police officer working a second job at the city impound lot was injured after he was struck by a motorist who refused to pay to pick up their vehicle, police said.

The officer was identified as Lt. Sam Hood, a 15-year veteran, and his condition was not immediately known, though a police spokesman said he was conscious and breathing, and in a follow-up phone call said Hood had only suffered some "bumps and bruises" from being rolled over the hood of the car.

Det. Kevin Brown said the incident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. at the city impound lot, where Hood was working a secondary job. Brown said a motorist "wanted to leave without paying for their vehicle, and drove through the gate, striking him as he tried to prevent them from getting away."

Police were searching for a blue 1992 Mazda, Brown said.

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