Lakewood officer hit by stolen vehicle after confronting suspects

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- An officer was hit by a vehicle with theft suspects inside early Friday morning, the Lakewood Police Department said.

Officers patrolling the parking lot of the Crossland Economy Studios at 715 Kipling St. discovered a parked stolen vehicle about 2 a.m.

A male and female suspect came out of a room and got into the vehicle.

On Friday afternoon, Lakewood police identified the suspects as Enrique Arellano, 24, and Arlita Flores, 23.

Source: Lakewood Police Department

Police approached the vehicle and gave commands.

Police say Arellano ignored the commands and drove quickly out of the parking spot through the lot and hit the male officer.

Arellano kept driving before crashing into another parked vehicle at 690 Kipling St. Both suspects then ran from the vehicle, police said.

Officers quickly apprehended Flores and took her into custody. Arellano ran eastbound across Kipling Street, where officers lost sight of him.

A perimeter was set up in the area to search for Arellano. At about 8 a.m., he was found hiding behind the Valero gas station at 722 Kipling St. He was taken into custody without incident.

Arellano faces seven charges, including first-degree assault, aggravated motor vehicle theft and vehicular assault.

Flores faces three charges: aggravated motor vehicle theft, obstructing a police officer and complicity.

The male officer who was hit by the vehicle was taken to St. Anthony Hospital where he's expected to recover.

LPD said his identity will not be released this weekend. However, he is a 13-year veteran of the department.

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