Columbus, Ohio – A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after he allegedly struck a police officer with a stolen vehicle Tuesday afternoon in southeast Columbus, according to Columbus police.
Felonious assault, having weapons under disability, and receiving stolen property are among the charges against the teenager.
At around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a report of someone with a gun and later discovered that the suspect was driving a stolen vehicle, according to authorities on site.
According to investigators, the teen then hit the officer with the vehicle, trapping him in his cruiser and breaking the officer’s arm.
The officer received treatment at a local hospital, and officials said he is expected to recover.
According to Columbus Police Sgt. James Fuqua, the event is an example of one of the main criminal issues that the city is now dealing with.
“It just speaks to the level of stolen cars we continue to see in our city that are plaguing us and specifically happening by the hands of juveniles. It is a situation that is to the point where we have to get a handle on it and it’s not just a police problem; at this point, it’s an entire community problem that this could have ended much worse today,” Columbus Police Sgt. James Fuqua said.