A $500 reward has been offered by the Coon Rapids Police Department for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a hit-a-run incident Saturday that left a Coon Rapids Police community service officer (CSO) injured.
According to Capt. Cary Parks, Coon Rapids Police, the CSO (a uniformed, non-sworn officer) had responded to Highway 10 near Hanson Boulevard to assist a stalled motorist shortly after 7:45 p.m. Jan. 12.
The emergency lights were fully activated on the fully-marked Coon Rapids Police vehicle which was parked on the side of eastbound Highway 10, Parks said.
But as the CSO was returning to the squad car, a passing vehicle described as a dark-colored SUV-type, possibly a Suburban or Tahoe, struck the back of the officer with its passenger side mirror, he said.
The CSO was knocked into the squad car and then to the ground, Parks said.
The vehicle did not stop and the CSO was taken to the hospital for treatment.
According to the Coon Rapids Police report, an MRI and X-ray at the hospital revealed no major injuries.
The CSO was treated for minor injuries to her ribs, shoulder and face and was released after treatment, said Cmdr. Paul Sommer, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office in a press release.
She is now recovering at home, Parks said.
The CSO has been working with the Coon Rapids Police Department since November 2012, but before that she was a member of the Coon Rapids Police Explorers Post, according to Parks.
State law requires motorists to move over a full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles as well as maintenance and construction vehicles on the side of the road, Parks said.
There is no description of the driver of the vehicle. The stalled motorist had left before the incident, Parks said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Gary Patterson of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office at 763-323-5039 or 763-427-1212.
The case is under investigation by the Coon Rapids Police Department and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.
The reward money has been provided by the Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial resources to the police department to prevent and fight crime in Coon Rapids.
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