Jonesboro officers injured by fleeing motorist

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – Two employees of the Jonesboro Police Department, a Jonesboro police officer and a Jonesboro animal control officer, were injured Thursday afternoon while trying to stop a fleeing motorist at the Animal Control facility at 6119 E. Highland Dr.

The police officer was dragged by the suspect’s vehicle as the suspect fled and the driver of the vehicle struck the animal control officer.

After the incident, Jonesboro officers located and arrested the motorist. He was identified as 27-year-old Kendrick Morris of Jonesboro. He has been transported to the Craighead County Detention Center where he is awaiting a probable cause hearing for the charges of Battery 2nd Degree, Aggravated Assault on a Certified Law Enforcement Officer, and Driving While License Suspended.

The Jonesboro police officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He is in stable condition.

The animal control officer’s injuries did not require treatment.

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