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Windcrest police officer hurt by fleeing driver

Driver also hit patrol vehicle, pickup, witnesses say

WINDCREST, Tx – A Windcrest police officer is being treated at a hospital for injuries he suffered during a confrontation early Thursday morning with a driver who ultimately got away.

Officers at the scene -- the parking lot of a Corner Store near Interstate 35 and Walzem Road -- declined to comment on the incident. They told media to talk to the police chief later in the day.

A witness, Fred Weins, said he had stopped off at the store for a cup of coffee around 4:30 a.m. As he walked out of the business, he said he noticed a Windcrest police officer talking to a man in a parked pickup.

"Then it looked like he was trying to open the door to get the driver out," Weins said. "The driver started his truck up and backed into his cruiser parked behind him. Then he turned and came toward my truck and hit the rear bumper."

Weins said it appeared the officer tried to hang on to the truck and stop the driver from getting away. He said the officer either was dragged a short distance, or run over by the truck.

"My biggest concern was if he was hurt," he said. "There was a rescue squad here, but he got up. He said he felt OK but I know he had to be in shock."

The officer was taken to a hospital by ambulance. Some of his possessions, including his Taser weapon and handcuffs, were left scattered across the store parking lot.

Officers at the scene did not release any information on his condition. They also refused to offer any details on the driver or his pickup.

Weins' quick stop at the convenience store, meanwhile, ended up being an hour long ordeal as he answered questions from investigators.

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