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Milwaukee man arrested for hitting Mequon police officer with car after retail theft

NOW: Milwaukee man arrested for hitting Mequon police officer with car after retail theft

MEQUON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- On Friday, April 12 just after 1:15 p.m. Mequon Police Officers were dispatched to Marshall's for a retail theft in progress. When officers arrived they tried to make contact with the suspect who was trying to leave the area in a car.

The suspect drove at officers hitting one of them and pushing him across the parking lot.

The shoplifter then fled south on I-43 and exited at Good Hope Road where the car crashed into a light pole. The driver then fled on foot but was arrested by an officer who chased after him. A 23-year-old Milwaukee woman riding in the car was also arrested for an unrelated warrant for her arrest.

Officers found a two and a half-year-old child in the back seat of the car who was taken to the hospital to be evaluated for injuries.

The suspect driving the car was taken to the hospital for a leg injury and identified as a 27-year-old Milwaukee man. The man is awaiting possible charges of attempted homicide for hitting the officer, recklessly endangering safety and eluding. 

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