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February 11, 2008
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Ind. cop rammed, wounds fleeing driver

Associated Press

GARY, Ind. — Gary police say an officer shot and critically wounded a man who struck the officer with his car while attempting to speed away from a traffic stop.

Police say that as Patrolman Terry Peck approached the car early Sunday morning, the driver stepped on the gas, causing the car to fishtail and strike Peck in the leg. Peck fired three shots, striking the driver in the neck and chest.

The driver was identified as 30-year-old Clester M. Sims. He was taken to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus. A nursing supervisor declined to provide information on Sims' condition Monday morning.

Police say Sims faces numerous felony charges including resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness.

Peck was treated and released for minor injuries.

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