A police officer was injured when a suspect allegedly fleeing the scene of a burglary with garbage bags full of marijuana rammed the officer’s car twice with his vehicle, Union City police said. At 8 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to reports of a burglary at a home in the 2900 block of Mallorca Way. Witnesses reported seeing people carrying large garbage bags and jumping over the home’s backyard fence, police said. A description of the suspects’ vehicle was broadcast over the police radio, and an officer spotted the car on Ratekin Drive and Sugar Beet Way. The officer stopped, stood next to the door of his own car and commanded the driver to stop. The driver – later identified as 19-year-old Marcell Lee West, of Union City — slowed down, but then suddenly accelerated toward the officer and rammed into his car, according to police. The officer’s leg was trapped between the door and the car’s frame, police said. He was pushed backward into the vehicle and dropped his pistol. West then allegedly slowed down and accelerated again, ramming into the police car a second time while the officer’s leg was still trapped, police said. West then allegedly drove off, and police followed. The pursuit ended when West lost control and crashed into a tree near the intersection of Union City Boulevard and Smith Street, police said. He allegedly tried to run from the crash site, but officers chased him and caught him with the help of a police K-9 unit. A second suspect, age 17, was later located and arrested. During a search of West’s vehicle, police found seven large garbage bags filled with marijuana plants. Officers also found evidence that marijuana was being grown inside the burglarized home, according to police. West was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, transportation of drugs, burglary, evading a police officer, hit-and-run, and resisting arrest. The 17-year-old suspect, also of Union City, was arrested for transportation of drugs, burglary and resisting arrest.
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