Overland Park police officer injured by fleeing car

An Overland Park police officer was injured Sunday afternoon when a fleeing theft suspect struck him with a car.

The officer suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital and released. The suspect was arrested a few minutes later by Leawood police.

The incident occurred about 1:40 p.m. Sunday when officers were answering a call about a theft in progress at a business in the 11700 block of Metcalf Avenue.

An officer saw the suspect and chased him on foot to a nearby car. As the officer attempted to arrest the suspect, the suspect got into the car, which struck the officer as it left the scene.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc