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Man drives over Garden Grove officer in traffic stop, police say

November 3, 2011 | 11:01 am

Marcos GonzalezAn Orange County man was being sought Thursday for allegedly running his car over a Garden Grove police officer who had stopped him for a seat belt violation.

Marcos Gonzalez, 28, fled the scene in a green 2002 Infiniti with tinted windows and no license plate, police said.

The officer, whose name was not released, was not seriously injured.

The officer stopped Gonzalez for not wearing his seat belt in a parking lot on the 13300 block of Brookhurst Street about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a police report.

As the officer was speaking, Gonzalez began acting nervously, the report said, and the officer asked Gonzalez to step out of the car and began to search him, then asked him to sit on the curb as he radioed for backup.

As the officer did so, Gonzalez began to fight with the officer and ran back to his car and got into the driver’s seat, police said.

The officer tried to pull Gonzalez from the car, police said. The car door was still open and Gonzalez put the car in reverse and backed up, knocking the officer to the ground, police said.

Gonzalez then put the car in drive and allegedly ran over the officer, who then radioed for help.

Gonzalez remained at large, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Garden Grove Police Department at (714) 741-5704.


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Photo: Marcos Gonzalez. Credit: Garden Grove police