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Monday, August 16, 2010

Suspect wounded in police chase

Posted By on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 12:08 PM

A State Police report says a man being chased by police was shot and wounded early this morning after ramming a trooper's car at the end of a police chase that started in Sherwood and ended at I-30 and Broadway in North Little Rock.

STATE POLICE RELEASE

At approximately 12:50 AM today, Arkansas State Police attempted to stop a vehicle being pursued by Sherwood Police. The car was driven by Olajuwon L. Hicks, 27, of Sherwood and was southbound on U.S. 67 from Sherwood.

Hicks continued to flee State Troopers and Sherwood Police onto Interstate 40 where Troopers “spiked” the tires of the vehicle. Hicks proceeded westbound on I-40, turning onto Interstate 30 westbound.

As additional State Troopers joined in the pursuit, a “rolling roadblock” was formed and Troopers were able to slow and eventually stop Hicks west of the I-30 exit onto Broadway (North Little Rock).

Before coming to a complete stop, Hicks rammed one State Police vehicle then reversed and rammed a second patrol car to the rear, trapping Trooper Thomas Lopez who had begun to exit the car in an attempt to arrest Hicks.

The aggressiveness of Hicks ramming Trooper Lopez’s patrol car, pinning Trooper Lopez between the driver’s door and car frame, resulted in officers firing their weapons at Hicks who was wounded by the gunfire.

Trooper Lopez was freed from his car and Hicks was transported to a local hospital. Trooper Lopez was not seriously injured.

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