Bentalou crash

A Mercury (left) struck two parked cars and a light pole after striking a pedestrian and a police vehicle in West Baltimore, police said. (Colin Campbell, Baltimore Sun / August 21, 2014)

A man was arrested late Wednesday after he struck a pedestrian, then an unmarked police car, before doubling back and crashing his vehicle at the scene of the pedestrian accident, police said.

At about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, a 45-year-old man was struck in the intersection of Bentalou St. and Lafayette Ave., Baltimore police spokesman Jeremy Silbert said. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital in critical condition, Silbert said.

The driver of a silver Mercury Grand Prix fled the scene in the 900 block of Bentalou and struck an unmarked police car in the 1300 block of Bentalou, Silbert said. An officer in the vehicle suffered minor injuries, according to Silbert.

The car then doubled back on Bentalou, swiping a parked Ford pick-up truck, running up onto a sidewalk and striking a light pole at the scene of the original crash. There, the driver attempted to run, but was caught by police and arrested. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Silbert said.

The identities of the suspect, pedestrian and officer were not immediately available.

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