WASHINGTON — A female D.C. police officer was hit by a vehicle in Northeast, D.C. Friday evening, police said. The accident occurred near the intersection of Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue, NE.
Around 5:49 p.m., D.C. police received reports that a DC Housing Authority (DCHA) police car had been hit by what they believed to be a stolen car. The DCHA vehicle called for assistance, and D.C. police responded. A female D.C. police officer was directing traffic, when a separate vehicle sped up and tried to pass around her, hitting the officer, according to police. The officer sustained serious injuries and was transported to a hospital.
Sixth District Captain Daniel Harrington said a DCHA officer was driving when they heard a report over the License Plate Recognition System (LPR) that a stolen vehicle was in the area. The stolen car happened to be driving behind the DCHA officer, so the officer attempted a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle. The vehicle then hit the DCHA car. Both of the occupants of that vehicle were taken into custody.
Once D.C. police had responded to the scene, the female officer began directing traffic around the scene, when a second vehicle sped through and hit the officer, causing severe injuries. The car that hit her was also a stolen vehicle and tried to flee the scene, but was stopped by police in the 4200 block of Hayes Street.
On Friday, police arrested 19-year-old Dionte Rogers but they are still looking for one other suspect. Rogers is charged with Assault on a Police Officer, Leaving After Colliding, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Counterfeit Tags.
Forensic scientists were called to the scene to document due to the severe injuries caused to the officer.