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Memphis cops struck by drivers charged with DUI and assault

A Memphis police officer pulled a driver over in an apparently routine traffic stop in Frayser at about 11 p.m. on a recent weeknight. The four-year MPD veteran was struck by a vehicle during the stop and was listed in critical condition by doctors afterwards.

According to news reports, the driver that law enforcement officials believe is responsible for the crash near Frayser Boulevard and Rangeline Road has been arrested and charged with DUI.

The officer works out of Old Allen Station, the Commercial Appeal reported. He was taken to Regional Medical Center after he was struck by a passing pick-up truck.

The 44-year-old driver was charged with driving under the influence, vehicular assault, aggravated assault and driving while his license was suspended.

The officer was the second struck by a vehicle that day. A seven-year MPD veteran was in his patrol car when it was hit by another vehicle at about 11 that morning. He was responding to a domestic violence report at the time.

The officer’s injuries were listed as non-critical. He was treated and then released from the hospital.

A 27-year-old woman was arrested after the apparently deliberate crash. She faces several charges, including aggravated assault, assault and resisting official detention. A law enforcement official told the newspaper that "it was determined that this was an intentional act."

Both suspects face serious charges. Convictions on all charges could for both of them result in a loss of freedom.

In similar situations, those accused of crimes should decline to discuss the charges or evidence with police or prosecutors until they have spoken with a criminal defense attorney.

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