BROOKLYN, Ill. (KSDK) - A Brooklyn, Ill. police officer is recovering after he was thrown from his police car during a head-on collision.
It all started early Sunday morning around 4:30 when another Brooklyn officer tried to pull over a car on Route 3 and Jefferson Street. Police say instead of stopping, the driver sped off, crossed the center line and hit another Brooklyn police cruiser head-on.
The officer was thrown from the vehicle through the driver's side door and was rushed to a St. Louis hospital where he's being treated for neck and back pain. He's in serious but stable condition.
The injured officer told Brooklyn police chief Tony Tomlinson he was wearing his seatbelt and it came undone, that's how he was thrown from the vehicle.
Chief Tomlinson says the injured officer didn't stop working even after being thrown from a car.
"He's a warrior so he has to roll out of the street because he knows cars are coming," says Brooklyn Police Chief Tony Tomlinson. "So, he rolls out of the street jumps up to take the suspect down."
The injured officer is 31 years old and has been a police officer for 7 years. He's only been with the Brooklyn police department since January.
The driver who hit him, Melvin Fraction, was treated and released. He's being held in the St. Clair County Jail on three felony charges including possession of a firearm and aggravated fleeing a police officer.
Bond is set at $750,000.
Chief Tomlinson says there were 4 other people in the suspect's car. One is in serious condition and another was wanted out of a Chicago suburb.