Jonesboro police release dash cam video showing officer hit by car

Jonesboro police release dash cam video showing officer hit by car

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Region 8 News obtained the dash cam video of a Jonesboro police cruiser that shows the moment an officer was struck by a car while he was directing traffic Tuesday night. The officer, who has since been released from a hospital, can been seen rolling over the top of a car. Police say a 17-year old driver struck the vehicle, which then hit the officer. The video does not show the impact of the vehicles.

It happened around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Red Wolf Boulevard and Highland Drive, next to the Mall at Turtle Creek. The officer was one of two directing traffic. According to a report from Jonesboro police, maintenance was being done to the traffic signal and power was turned off to the light. The officers were signaling north and south traffic to stop, while vehicles moving east and west were allowed to go through the intersection.

Jonesboro police state a 17 year old driving a Jeep Cherokee northbound entered the intersection against the officer's stop signal. A Jonesboro man, Carlos Solorazano, driving west in a Dodge Neon was struck by the 17 year old on the driver's side.

The impact caused the car to continue west in the intersection striking Officer Nathan Ivy, according to investigating officer Sgt. George Martin. 

Officer Ivy was released from a Jonesboro hospital, the police department announced Wednesday.

Martin stated Officer Ivy and the second officer were wearing reflective gear at the time of the incident. Two Jonesboro Police Department vehicles had blue emergency lights activated at the scene and a large maintenance truck running flashing orange lights was blocking the left side turn lane on the north side of the intersection.

The 17 year old was issued a citation for careless and prohibited driving and disobeying a police officer. A court date has been set for November 3, according to the Jonesboro police report.

Solorazano was also cited for no drivers license and no proof of insurance. He was issued a court date for December 3.

Both drivers were allowed to leave the scene of the crash after giving a blood sample, an officer stated in the incident report.

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