Suspect rams Fayetteville officer's car

Fayetteville Police Officer Michael Boone's cruiser (WTVD photo by Lou Guilette)

May 21, 2010 7:54:17 PM PDT
Fayetteville police are investigating an incident that began with a domestic dispute and landed an officer in the hospital.

According to a police spokesperson, Officer Michael Boone responded to a domestic dispute around 11 a.m. Friday in the College Lakes area.

When Officer Boone arrived at the scene, a suspect allegedly involved in the dispute was not there, so he began to canvass the area.

Boone spotted the suspect's vehicle - a black Ford Explorer - on Saddle Ridge Drive at Shoreline Road.

As Boone waited for the vehicle to pass, police say the suspect - Malcolm Leon Savage - veered to the right and struck Boone’s marked patrol car. The force of the collision pushed Boone’s vehicle from the roadway into an adjacent residential lot.

"He was at a stop sign, the black Ford Explorer which was the suspects, came back and driving at a high rate of speed hit the police officer's car," Fayetteville Police Dan Grubb said.

Immediately after the collision, Savage fled the scene on foot, but was quickly arrested by officers in the area.

"One car blocked the street at Saddleridge and Shoreline, and this guy came and plowed into it. Then the guy jumped and ran into the woods," said witness Willie Buie.

As a result of the accident, Officer Boone was pinned in his vehicle and had to be cut out by firefighters with The Jaws of Life.

Both Boone and Savage were taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Police say Officer Boone has a broken collar bone.

Savage is charged with assault on a female, careless and reckless driving and failure to reduce speed.

"When situations of bad or something bad is about to happen it happens quick ... and this is what the men and women in law enforcement do every day," Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine said.

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