UPDATE: OPD Officer Struck on 8th St is "Fine", Deputy Hit OPD Officer 1/6/14
January 6th, 2013
Here is the official statement from the Odessa Police:
On January 4, 2013 at approximately 2238 hours, Officer Donny Rocha Jr. had just finished a call for service in the area of West 8th Street and Overton and observed the Ector County Sheriff’s Office to be in pursuit of a vehicle.
The pursuit ended on West 8th Street between Zeneta and Overton and the two suspects began to flee on foot.
Officer Rocha exited his patrol unit and began to chase the suspects. A Sheriff’s deputy was traveling eastbound on 8th Street and did not see Officer Rocha as he was attempting to cross 8th St.
The front of the sheriff’s patrol unit struck Officer Rocha, who was transported to Medical Center Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Since the vehicle-pedestrian crash involved the Ector County Sheriff’s Office and an Odessa police officer, the Department of Public Safety investigated the accident. Officer Rocha is currently listed as being in fair condition at Medical Center Hospital.
OPD says the officer that was struck is fine and is still in the hospital. Sheriff Donaldson tells CBS 7 a deputy's car struck an Odessa Police Officer Saturday night. The officer was chasing the driver of a Mustang, that attempted to flee the scene. In the confusion of the chase, the deputy hit the officer.
CBS 7 News
The Ector Sheriff's Office tells us on Saturday night deputies saw two mustangs racing. Once the deputy turned on his lights, the mustangs took off from the deputy. Sheriff Mark Donaldson says they got one mustang's license, but the other wasn't clear. They pursued the second mustang and eventually spiked the vehicle and slowed it. The driver got out of the vehicle and ran on foot and eventually DPS caught up to him.
An Odessa police officer not involved in the chase but in the area, saw what was going on and walked across the street to him. Sheriff Donaldson says a deputy following the pursuit didn't see the officer and struck him.
"It looked like he came out of nowhere," says Sheriff Donaldson.
CBS 7 News
CBS 7 has confirmed that Josh Marcus Garcia was arrested last night at 11:19 PM on 8th St. and Overton Ave. for: Evading Arrest Detention With Vehicle. Sources tell us his bond was set for $10,000 and he has already bonded out of the Ector County Jail. Stay tuned to CBS 7 for updates.
CBS 7 News
Police tell us that last night an officer with the Odessa Police Department was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
CBS 7 went to the scene last night at 8th and Overton and spoke with neighbors who say they saw a red car connect with a police vehicle in a high speed chase. One man we spoke to says he saw police handcuff a man on the run in his yard. We could not confirm these details with OPD.
OPD police tell us they are working with DPS and ECSO on this investigation.
OPD tells us no arrests have been made by their department at this time.
Stay tuned to CBS 7 for updates