Coon Rapids police staffer struck by SUV, driver takes off

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A $500 reward is being offered for anyone with information related to an SUV that struck a Coon Rapids Community Service Officer on the side of a busy highway and drove off.

KARE 11 reports CSO Harley Lenart was responding to a stranded motorist on the shoulder of eastbound Highway 10 west of Hanson Blvd. shortly before 8 p.m. on Jan. 12. Lenart checked behind her before walking back to her squad and just as she was about to get in the front seat, she was hit.

The officer slammed onto the pavement, suffering a concussion, bruised ribs and a shoulder injury. She managed to pull herself into the vehicle to call for help.

Lenart tells WCCO that her bullet proof vest may have saved her life.

"I have left bruised ribs from the impact of where the vehicle was. My vest is what saved me. They think if I hadn’t had my vest, I would have broken ribs and punctured a lung,” Lenart said.

The Pioneer Press says community service officers are nonlicensed, nonsworn officers who provide support services to police, such as directing traffic at accidents or responding to nuisance complaints.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Gary Patterson of the Anoka County sheriff's office at 763-323-5039 or 763-427-1212.

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