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Park City police search for man who struck officer with car

Updated: February 11, 2014 6:23AM

An area-wide police alert has been issued to find a man who struck a Park City police officer with his vehicle Wednesday morning while the officer was making a well-being check.

Park City Police Chief Walter Holderbaum said the officer was treated and released from the hospital and is recovering at home, after his knee was smashed and his foot run over.

“He had to grab onto the vehicle to keep from sliding underneath it,” said Holderbaum.

Police are looking for a black Ford compact that was driven by a white man. The suspect was accompanied by an Hispanic man and both are in their 20s, officials said. The possible license plate number is P584708. Police put out an ISPERN alert, which is the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network alert that goes to all police departmentS in the state.

The crime began at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday with the officer responding to a well-being check on two men sleeping in a vehicle in the 4200 block of Greenleaf Court, near the Green Valley apartments. The officer approached the car and was talking to the white man in the driver’s seat when the suspect suddenly put the vehicle in gear and started driving off.

“He got a good bruise to his knee and the vehicle ran over his foot,” said Holderbaum.

He was taken to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital where he was treated and later released the same day.

“We’re still attempting to locate the vehicle and the individuals,’ he said.

Anyone with information should call (847) 662-2135.

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