Name of officer and suspect in vehicle accident released

VIDEO: Combative suspect ejected from police cruiser during accident
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
Logan Younger (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
Logan Younger (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro police officer was injured in a car crash near Scurlock Industries near Johnson Avenue and Culberhouse.

According to a news release from the Jonesboro Police Department, the officer was injured around 5:22 p.m. when his patrol unit overturned while taking a prisoner to jail.

The prisoner, 19-year-old Logan Younger, fled the scene but was caught a short time later.

A Facebook user caught Younger on video trying to flee the scene. JPD confirmed Younger is in the following video:

The officer was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by the Jonesboro Fire Department.

The officer, Justin Thompson, was flown to a Memphis hospital. He is conscious and talking but is still undergoing tests to determine the nature and extent of his injuries.

 Younger   was treated at St. Bernards Medical Center and released.

He was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center and is being held on escape, public intoxication, fleeing on foot, and minor in possession charges.

Officer Thompson encountered Younger when he was called to the Mall at Turtle Creek for an intoxicated person.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Collin Cooper was inside of Cash Discount Furniture when he heard the crash.

He said he went outside and saw officers walk Younger out of the vehicle.

"I didn't know really what was going on," Cooper said. "They just kept pouring cop cars and there were like 3 ambulances here. I wasn't sure until I saw them bring the guy back."

Cooper said he also saw police chase after Younger when he tried to escape.

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Posted by Region 8 News on Thursday, August 18, 2016

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