Westville officer struck

Ponca City Now - December 16, 2015 9:07 am

WESTVILLE, Okla. (AP) – Authorities say an eastern Oklahoma police officer is in critical condition after he was struck in a hit-and-run during a police pursuit.

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office says the officer was attempting to place spike strips on the road Monday night when he was struck by the suspect’s vehicle.

Westville Officer Joshua Sidebottom was taken by medical helicopter to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas in critical condition after he was struck by a Dodge Durango Monday night, according to OSBI.

The suspect fled after striking the officer, but deputies later detained the person.OSBI identified the suspect in the chase as Brandon Dale Rowan, 35, of Westville. He is in the Adair County jail.

Westville is on the state’s border with Arkansas and is about 30 miles west of Fayetteville.


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