WAXAHACHIE

A Waxahachie Police officer was struck by a vehicle after a pursuit lead into the city Saturday night. The officer is alive but injured from the impact.

The incident occurred after Italy Police officers began assisting Waxahachie Police in a vehicle pursuit through Italy around 8:30 p.m. The suspect, 34-year-old John Kelly Forbes, circled around and led police back to Waxahachie before he struck a police officer in the street mid-pursuit.

“He was trying to lay out spike strips,” Waxahachie Police Lt. Marcus Brown stated. “We were so concerned about our officer.”

Ellis County Sheriff Chuck Edge confirmed in a Facebook post that the officer was transported to the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie for treatment. Brown confirmed that the officer was still injured, but was well enough to be excused from the hospital at around 10:30 p.m.

“We’re just thankful that he’s okay,” Brown stated.

Forbes was arrested and detained at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center at 4:17 a.m. Sunday morning. He was charged with evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, manufacture or delivery of a Grade 1 controlled substance and aggravated assault against a public servant. His bond amount is currently set at $100,000.