BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield police officer is recovering after police said a suspect struck him with his SUV.
Bakersfield police said Wednesday night that a BPD officer tried to make contact with 21 year-old Michael Mickelson while he was in his vehicle in the area of Hageman Road and Calloway Drive. Police said they wanted to talk with him about a burglary that had happened earlier in the day.
Police said Mickelson's girlfriend was also in the car with him. Neighbor's only identified her as "Alex" and said her mother is a peace officer with BPD.
Police said Mickelson put the SUV in reverse and struck the officer knocking him off his feet and onto the hood of his patrol car. Police said that's when Mickelson took off giving chase and crashing into at least three cars along the way.
Sheriff's deputies caught up with the suspect and chased him into the area of Wilson Road and Freemont Street where Mickelson's mother lives.
Deputies said at that point he tried to take off running but they deployed a K-9 and took him into custody. He was taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment. "Alex" was also arrested at the scene.
23ABC spoke with Mickelson's mother, Shelley Mickelson. She said her son did have a warrant out for his arrest, but that Mickelson did not hit the officer with his car and plans to file a claim against BPD.
The officer suffered cuts, bumps and bruises but is expected to be ok. The officer's name has not yet been released.