A San Francisco police officer was injured on Thursday morning, when they were run over by a suspect while investigating a car break-in near Alamo Square.
— Jeff (Collins) Cohen (@jmcohen9) February 1, 2018
“SFPD was trying to stop a vehicle burglary on Hayes and Pierce. The suspect ran over a cop then fled to Lower Haight,” wrote Shannon ValentiCheng on Twitter.
According to preliminary reports, an additional suspect was also hit by the fleeing vehicle. Both victims were transported to the hospital, allegedly with non-life-threatening injuries.
The incident comes after recent criticism of SFPD and the District Attorney’s Office in the wake of increased car burglaries citywide. The Examiner reported in December that car break-ins jumped 26 percent in 2017, despite efforts from authorities to reduce the crime. According to the law, suspects can’t be arrested until they’ve broken into a car, meaning that many of the stings to catch people involve low-profile, undercover police.
Last week, data was released that showed out of the more than 81,000 car break-ins reported in the last seven years, only 13 suspects had been arrested.
However the more serious crime here — assaulting an officer with a vehicle — is eerily similar to a case last fall, when Officer Elia Lewin-Tankel was critically injured by a man fleeing police in an SUV.
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