Suspect hits Arundel police officer with his car during undercover sting

THE BALTIMORE SUN

An Anne Arundel County police officer was hit by a drug suspect's car last night during an undercover sting in the parking lot of a Brooklyn Park fast-food restaurant, county police said.

Officer Ron Bredeen of the Special Operations Section was released early today from Harbor Hospital Center in southern Baltimore, where he was treated for injuries, police said.

Officer Bredeen was acting as backup last night for an undercover officer posing as a drug buyer in the parking lot of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in the 5700 block of Ritchie Highway, police said.

The undercover officer bought some crack cocaine about 8:50 p.m. from a man in a Pontiac Sunbird, and Officer Bredeen began to approach the car to arrest the suspect, police said.

But the man spotted the officer coming and stepped on the accelerator, police said.

The suspect appeared to intentionally drive toward Officer Bredeen in an attempt to run him down, officials said.

After hitting Officer Bredeen, the man drove to the Cherry Hill section of south Baltimore, where he ditched the car, police said.

He still was being sought last night.

Police said they would charge the suspect with attempted murder and drug violations if he is caught.

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