Suspect Faces Multiple Charges After Crash with Trooper's Cruiser

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

cruiser.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)