UPDATE: Chattanooga police officer hit by car, suspect on the run
Chattanooga police are searching for a suspect accused of hitting an officer with a car early Monday morning.
It happened shortly after 1:00 a.m. at the intersection of Williams and W. 25th streets.
A CPD spokesperson says the officer's hand was injured, but he is okay. We're told he was hit with the car's side mirror.
Two officers were talking with a driver in a stopped car in a Motel 6 parking lot. The spokesperson says the car the driver was in had "very dark tint" so officers approached the driver. After a brief conversation, officers noted the driver started getting fidgety and acting suspicious. They say the driver refused to get out of the car and sped off, hitting one of the officers.
The driver crashed on W 19th Street near Ossie Poke's church home, The Church of The Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith.
The driver ran from the scene immediately after the crash.
"I was thinking somebody got killed, because that's how it looked," Poke said.
Poke says he stumbled upon the crash as he was driving passed the church. He watched as police searched the car.
"I watched them take two guns out of the car. It's just a good thing, you know, he didn't get killed and they got two guns off the street," he said. "It could have been worse."
Police released limited details on the driver. However, they say he is a black male who is in his 20s.
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