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A Cleveland police officer was struck by the driver of stolen car at 1 a.m. today. 

Fifth District patrol officers were monitoring drug activity near the intersection of East 117th Street and St. Clair Avenue when watched a blue Dodge Neon pull into a gas station, said police spokesman Sgt. Sammy Morris.

Officers checked the license plate and discovered it was registered to a silver Dodge Intrepid, he said.

The driver then pulled up to a gas pump and started to get out. The officers pulled in front of the car, Morris said. One of the officers went to the driver’s side and grabbed the suspect’s arm through the open door.

The suspect then grabbed the gear shift and started in reverse, Morris said. The officer grabbed the door to stop from being hit by the car. The driver then drove in a complete circle in reverse. The officer held on.

The driver then hit the brakes and caused the officer to be thrown from the car, Morris said. The suspect then fled. Paramedics transported the officer to the hospital. He was treated and released for his injures, Morris said.

Police are searching for the car.

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Article courtesy cleveland.com

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