Cody Blowers, St. George News

Police officer injured after being struck by carjacking suspect

By Cody Blowers, St. George News | Posted - Sep. 1, 2019 at 9:12 p.m.

SANTA CLARA — A Santa Clara/Ivins Police officer was transported to the hospital after being struck by a suspect who fled the scene of a crash in a hijacked vehicle.

Shortly before 11 a.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the 2800 block of Santa Clara Avenue after receiving reports that an officer was injured after being struck by a suspect’s vehicle while they were attempting to flee from police.

Debris field left behind a motorcycle crash on Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 1, 2019 (Cody Blowers, St. George News)

Paramedics arrived and transported the officer to Dixie Regional Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, Santa Clara/Ivins Police Sgt. Jaron Studley said.

The incident began earlier when a motorcycle was stolen in St. George and later spotted by a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy heading east on Old Highway 91. The officer initiated a pursuit to stop the bike, and was soon joined by a Santa Clara/Ivins Police officer. The chase was terminated about a mile later since continuing the pursuit could have placed the public at risk.

The suspect continued east until he failed to negotiate a curve and crashed the motorcycle into the front yard of a residence across the street from Frei’s Fruit Market, leaving a field of debris scattered across the lawn. The suspect jumped up and started running east toward Santa Clara View Drive where he jumped in a Toyota after ordering the driver out of the car.

Multiple agencies respond to assist when a suspect strikes an officer while fleeing in Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 1, 2019 (Cody Blowers, St. George News)

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