Police officer injured while stuck in door of car driven into building by suspect

The New Brighton officer suffered a broken wrist in the Monday afternoon incident.
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A police officer in New Brighton was injured Monday after he became stuck in the door of a car that was driven into a building buy a suspect.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. in the parking lot of a business at West County Road E. and Silver Lake Road, where the officer stopped a motorcyclist for not displaying a license plate on his bike.

According to New Brighton PD, the motorcyclist got off his bike and "began to physically fight with the officer."

The suspect then "broke free" of the officer and then is said to have entered the driver's seat of a car in the parking lot, while the officer continued to try to arrest him.

"The suspect then drove the car into the building and back out again with the officer still stuck in the vehicle door," New Brighton Police Department said. "The officer was finally able to break free from the car and the suspect fled in the vehicle as additional officers arrived."

The officer who was stuck in the door suffered a broken wrist in the incident.

The suspect then fled in the car, which had been reported stolen from Coon Rapids, with police chasing at speeds of around 35 mph. Officers then disabled the car using a "pursuit intervention tactic," with the suspect caught a short time later after a foot pursuit.

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When questioned, he claimed to have ingested drugs and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Police say he was also found in possession of a handgun, with police also finding drugs he'd thrown from the vehicle. He had two active felony warrants in Hennepin County, and his criminal history includes convictions for burglary and a firearms violation. 

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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