2 Spring­dale of­fi­cers hit by flee­ing car


SPRING­DALE — Po­lice ar­rested four peo­ple Fri­day in con­nec­tion with two Spring­dale po­lice of­fi­cers who were hit and se­ri­ously in­jured while try­ing to stop a stolen car.

Arom­mon Luther, 18, of Spring­dale, two 15-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy were each ar­rested on two counts of bat­tery, theft of prop­erty and flight. Luther also was ar­rested on a charge of con­tribut­ing to the delin­quency of a mi­nor.

Po­lice of­fi­cials have asked the Wash­ing­ton County pros­e­cu­tor to con­sider charg­ing the 15-year-old driver as an adult, Capt. Derek Hud­son, a Spring­dale po­lice spokesman, said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence Fri­day af­ter­noon. Sur­veil­lance video shows the car swerv­ing at the of­fi­cers in two in­stances and trav­el­ing at high speeds, Hud­son said.

Spring­dale po­lice re­ceived a call about 3:20 a.m. Fri­day about sus­pi­cious peo­ple in the

700 block of Woodridge Drive. The caller re­ported see­ing two peo­ple on the se­cu­rity cam­era out­side his house, ac­cord­ing to a Po­lice De­part­ment news re­lease.

Of­fi­cers ar­rived at the home and be­gan to check the area. They lo­cated sev­eral peo­ple in­side a stolen Nis­san Al­tima with the head­lights off. Of­fi­cer Ash­ley Booth ap­proached the car and it fled at high speed, strik­ing Booth and throw­ing him onto the hood. Of­fi­cer An­nelisa Hoff­man also was hit as the car sped away, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

Booth has been with the de­part­ment 12 years, and Hoff­man has been with the de­part­ment 3½ years, said Derek Hud­son with the Po­lice De­part­ment.

The car even­tu­ally hit the home’s res­i­dent in his ve­hi­cle head-on.

All oc­cu­pants of the stolen car fled on foot. A search en­sued, in­volv­ing a Spring­dale po­lice dog.

Hud­son said po­lice are con­tin­u­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause they think more peo­ple might have been in the area break­ing into cars. Of­fi­cers are not sure how many in­di­vid­u­als were rid­ing in the car.

Booth and Hoff­man were taken to North­west Med­i­cal Cen­ter with se­vere in­juries, but they were not con­sid­ered life-threat­en­ing. No up­date on their con­di­tions was avail­able Fri­day evening.

The res­i­dent suf­fered mi­nor in­juries and was not trans­ported, ac­cord­ing the news re­lease.

Hud­son said Luther ad­mit­ted to be­ing in the stolen car, hit­ting the of­fi­cers and leav­ing the scene of an ac­ci­dent.

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