Lexington officer pursues suspect after being hit by vehicle

A Lexington police officer was hit by a fleeing vehicle Tuesday, but he was able to get into his cruiser and pursue the suspect.

The officer was hit after Lexington police stopped Mario Warner, 25, who was stopped about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in front of Thorntons on Winchester Road, said Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts.

Officers determined that Warner had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

When they tried to arrest him, Roberts said, Warner got into his car and drove forward, hitting one of the two officers who had stopped him.

The officers pursued Warner, and apprehended him after he hit another vehicle and a utility pole just down Winchester Road near Eastland Drive and Loudon Avenue, Roberts said.

She said Warner will be charged with fleeing and evading police and third-degree assault. He had a warrant for being a persistent felony offender.

Roberts said the police officer who was hit did not go to the hospital but had a minor injury to his leg.