March 25, 2006 - Posted at 12:11 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ An Arkansas state trooper was in serious
condition after his cruiser was struck by a man in a stolen vehicle
who had been chased by Little Rock police for nearly an hour.
Forty-three-year-old state police Corporal Scott Baxter was
struck a little before 4 p.m. yesterday at the East End community
near the border of Saline and Pulaski counties. He was airlifted to
Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.
Baxter had joined a chase that began with Little Rock police
checking into a report of a stolen Ford F350 in the midtown area.
When the chase reached East End, Baxter's patrol car was rammed
by the suspect, who fled on foot. Little Rock police a short time
later arrested the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Brian
Misenheimer of Hensley.
The truck hit the cruiser on the driver side.
Misenheimer was charged with battery, aggravated assault, theft
by receiving, reckless driving, being a fleeing felon and
possession of methamphetamine.
Police say it appeared Misenheimer intentionally struck the