Gwinnett Police officer hit by van in Norcross parking lot


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NORCROSS — A Gwinnett County Police officer was struck and run over by a van in the parking lot of Chiquititas Lounge in Norcross.

The police officer and an investigator from the District Attorney’s Office are being treated for injuries after being struck by a vehicle in the Chiquititas Lounge parking lot at about 2:30 a.m.  Restrepo and the DA investigator attempted to stop a man from driving because they believed he was intoxicated in the parking lot.

The suspect backed up his van, knocking the police officer to the ground with the driver’s door. The suspect pulled forward to flee the scene, running over the officer on the ground.

Officers from the West Precinct located the vehicle in a nearby residential area. The suspect fled on foot so a perimeter was established and K9 officers were dispatched. The suspect was later located and placed under arrest.

The officers were transported to the hospital for treatment. None of the injuries are life-threatening. The suspect was also transported to the hospital. Possible charges at this time are felony obstruction, aggravated assault, and fleeing and eluding.

Thom Chandler
Thom Chandler is the editor of The Georgia Sun and has been writing, editing and managing websites and blogs since 1995. He is a lifelong Georgian and one of those increasingly rare Atlanta natives.

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