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2 officers injured when driver takes off mid-traffic stop, crashes into squad car, Dallas police say

The department said the incident happened about 3:45 p.m. in the Love Field area.

Two officers were injured Wednesday afternoon when a person took off in a car during a traffic stop and crashed into an occupied squad vehicle in the Love Field area, Dallas police said.

One officer was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t believed to be life-threatening, police said. The second officer sustained minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.

The incident happened about 3:45 p.m. when officers stopped a car in the 3000 block of Cotton Belt Avenue, near the Dallas North Tollway and Wycliff Avenue, police said.

Police said they had placed a passenger in the car under arrest for outstanding warrants and were approaching the driver when the person turned on the car and accelerated, dragging and injuring the officer who was hospitalized.

The driver then crashed the car into a separate police vehicle that was occupied by a different officer and fled the scene, police said.

Police did not release any additional information. The department said the investigation was ongoing.

Kelli Smith, Breaking News Reporter. Kelli covers breaking news at The Dallas Morning News. She is a native of El Paso, Texas, and a recent graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Before joining staff, she reported for The Chicago Tribune and KTSM, the NBC affiliate in El Paso.

kelli.smith@dallasnews.com @KelliSmithNews
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