South Sioux City officer struck by fleeing suspect’s car

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. -- An officer in northeast Nebraska escaped serious injury after being hit by a fleeing car.

Authorities say a South Sioux City police officer saw two suspects attempting to steal a catalytic converter from a car at a local business early Monday morning.

Police say the suspect refused to cooperate and ran to a car. During the confrontation, an officer was hit by the car as the suspect tried to leave.

A pursuit began and went into Iowa.

The car and passenger, 24-year-old Zachary Broken Leg, were recovered immediately. Authorities say the driver was found Monday afternoon hiding under a tree near a creek about a half-mile south of the crash where the pursuit ended.