GOSHEN, Ark. (KNWA) — A Goshen police officer was critically injured in an accident while pursuing a vehicle early Tuesday morning, September 17.
At approximately 2:40 a.m., Goshen Police Officer Michael Freeman lost control of his patrol car while pursuing a suspect car on Highway 45, according to the Arkansas State Police (ASP), Division Troop L.
The suspect vehicle immediately took off when Freeman activated his emergency lights. A short chase ensued before Freeman’s car tried to negotiate a curve, spun out of control, left the roadway, rolling end over end, and landing in a wooded area north of Highway 45, according to ASP’s report.
The Goshen officer was reportedly shot at during the chase, however, his injuries were mainly caused by the crash, according to the report.
Radio communications were lost as a result of the crash and initial attempts to reach Officer Freeman by phone were unsuccessful. Washington County Dispatch did eventually establish phone communication with the officer but he was unable to relay his exact location due to being injured and dazed.
Responding agencies included the Washington County Sheriffs Office, Elkins Police Department, and Fayetteville Police Department and they located Officer Freeman.
Central EMS and Goshen Fire Department responded and Officer Freeman was eventually removed from the patrol vehicle and transported to Washington Regional Medical Center where he’s in critical, but stable condition, according to ASP’s report.
The suspect(s) have not been located as of this time.