AUBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer is recovering in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle driven by a man escaping a police pursuit.
Auburn police say 16-year department veteran Officer Luis Santos suffered a concussion and a broken right leg when he was struck while deploying tire-deflation devices on Saturday afternoon.
Chief Andrew Sluckis Jr. tells The Telegram & Gazette that Santos remained in the hospital Sunday.
The man police were pursuing, 47-year-old Matthew Ostrander, was a suspect in a housebreak. He was apprehended after trying to escape on foot shortly after Santos was struck.
Sluckis says officers also found a gun that had been reported stolen in a vehicle driven by Ostrander. Ostrander was being held on $100,000 bail pending arraignment and was unavailable for comment.
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