OHP Trooper Mark Dlugokinski inspects his damaged patrol unit.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers were called to assist in a pursuit that began near MacArthur Boulevard in Oklahoma City at approximately 2:40 a.m. this morning.
"Police called highway patrol to assist them as they tried to stop the subject driving a 1991 Nissan Maxima," said Second Lieutenant Chris West.
Christopher F. Hartman, 37, was eluding officers and was brought to a stop a first time in the Oklahoma City FAA complex. Dlugokinski exited his patrol car and approached the subject's vehicle.
"The subject hit his accelerator striking Dlugokinski with his vehicle, knocking him over the hood of the car," said West. The trooper received minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital.
Troopers continued pursuit of Hartman who ran off the road and came to a stop in the front yard of a Oklahoma City residence.
Hartman received several charges including assault with a deadly weapon to a police officer and driving under the influence of alcohol.
"Our troopers are trained to handle such situations with the safety of the citizens as top priority. We are thankful that Mark did not receive any serious injuries," said West.
Dlugokinski graduated with the 51st OHP Academy in August 1999 and is currently assigned to patrol Oklahoma County.