DALWORTHINGTON GARDENS — An Arlington police motorcycle officer was hospitalized Wednesday after being injured during the pursuit of a suspect.
Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Ellis Richard said the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office asked for assistance to apprehend the driver of a red sport utility vehicle, who was wanted for questioning about an illegal narcotics operation.
The SUV was spotted in the 6000 block of West Pioneer Parkway about 4:15 p.m., but the driver refused to pull over and fled to Dalworthington Gardens.
Richard said Arlington Officer Jason Heisel was part of the pursuit in the 3500 block of Estates Drive when he saw the suspect's vehicle headed directly toward his motorcycle. The officer took evasive action, and the bike landed on his foot.
Heisel was hospitalized at the Medical Center of Arlington for treatment. He was released Thursday morning, the department said from its official Twitter account.
The suspect, identified by the Sheriff's Office as 44-year-old David Bruce Johnson, drove his SUV through a fence and into a field, where he attempted to flee on foot. He was captured a short time later by Arlington police and turned over to Tarrant County deputies.
After being examined at a hospital, he was booked on felony drug charges.