San Bernardino Police Officer Struck by Car During Arrest

The driver of the sedan was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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    A San Bernardino police officer was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue and 5th Street on Monday, June 23, 2014.

    A San Bernardino police officer was injured after he was struck by a vehicle while detaining two possible suspects Monday night.

    The officer had detained two people for vandalism and graffiti around 10:40 p.m. near the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue and 5th Street, according the San Bernardino Police Department. As the officer was putting one of the two suspects in the back seat of the patrol unit, a sedan drove into the car and the officer.

    The driver of the sedan has been identified as 18-year-old Steven Portillo of San Bernardino. Portillo initially tried to flee the scene but was apprehended, according to police. 

    The officer "sustained moderate to severe injuries," including back pain, cuts on his face and head and a concussion, according to San Bernardino Police. The officer is hospitalized in stable condition and is expected to be okay.

    The driver of the sedan was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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