A Lexington police officer was taken to a hospital Wednesday after his cruiser was struck by a stolen Chevrolet Blazer that traveled between two houses and over a sidewalk after a pursuit, according to authorities.
Officer Christopher Burlile was treated at Baptist Healthcare Lexington and released, said Sgt. Ann Welch, public information officer for Lexington police. Burlile complained of neck pain after the crash on Elm Tree Lane between Fifth and Sixth streets, police said.
Burlile, a Lexington police officer since 2007, was in one of two police cars pursuing a suspected narcotics dealer about 11 a.m., police said. The officers turned off their lights and broke off the chase when it was deemed too dangerous.
One of the cruisers was driving on Elm Tree Lane when the Blazer hit the car broadside, police said. The Blazer was driven between two houses and over a sidewalk before hitting the cruiser.
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The driver, Wesley Brown, 26, got out and ran but was arrested, police said. Brown was charged with wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property (auto), third-degree assault, drug trafficking, fleeing police and operating on a suspended license.
A female passenger was in the Blazer.