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PD: Alleged drunken driver arrested for hitting Mesa officer

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MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

A driver is in custody after he drove into the wrong lane of traffic and struck a Mesa motorcycle officer.

Police said the officer was stopped at the intersection of Country Club and Southern about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when an SUV ran straight into him, landing on top of his motorcycle.

The officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and has since been released.

The driver fled on foot but he was caught nearby soon after the incident.

The suspect has been identified as 47-year-old Jose Valdez.

Police said he was taken into custody for drunk driving and his preliminary breath test showed a .205 BAC.

He was booked on charges of endangerment, unlawful flight from law enforcement, and leaving the scene of a collision. DUI charges are pending blood results.

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