Officer Recovering from Motorcycle Injury
By Office of Communication
Posted on October 18, 2012, October 18, 2012

An Arlington Police Officer was injured Wednesday evening when he and his motorcycle went down as he avoided a suspect's vehicle driving toward him. Motors Officer Jason Heisel suffered an injury to his foot, but is doing well and recovering at the hospital.

The Arlington Police Department was contacted by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) Wednesday, October 17, 2012 and asked to help apprehend a suspect. At about 4:15 p.m. in the 6000 block of W. Pioneer Parkway, an Arlington Police Officer saw a traffic violation by the vehicle being sought by the TCSO and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver of the red SUV failed to stop, initiating a pursuit. The driver made multiple turns as he fled and led officers southbound on Sieber Drive into Dalworthington Gardens. The suspect drove westbound on Estate Drive, which has no outlet. As the suspect turned the vehicle around and attempted to go back toward Sieber Drive, the Arlington motorcycle officer had already turned onto the street traveling westbound. The officer took evasive action in an attempt to avoid the suspect's vehicle that was driving toward him. Officer Heisel and his bike went down, injuring the officer's foot. He was driven by ambulance to the Medical Center of Arlington for treatment and remained at the hospital overnight.

The suspect continued back to Sieber Drive and turned southbound, which has no outlet. At the end of the street, a wooden fence separates the street from an open field. The suspect drove through that fence, came to a stop in the middle of the field and ran away from officers. He was apprehended a short time later by Arlington Police Officers. As a precaution, the suspect was driven to the Medical Center of Arlington before being released to the custody of the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department, who will provide the suspect's name and pending charges.

Officer Heisel has been with the Arlington Police Department for eight years.

Officer Recovering

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