CDA Tribal Police officer hit by man driving stolen car | News
A Coeur d'Alene tribal police officer was hit by a car Friday morning when trying to stop a man allegedly using stolen credit cards.
The officer was in the area patrolling when he was tipped off that someone was trying to use the stolen cards.
The man came out to a spot near the entrance of the Coeur d'Alene Casino and made contact with the suspect, a man that's about 6'4", 240 pounds with dark hair.
"The guy gave his ID, identification, and the stolen credit card," Major Ben Wolfinger said.
When the officer ran the license plate he discovered it was stolen and went back out to the man.
He told him to shut the car off and get out - instead the man started to drive. But the police officer was still nearby and was hit.
"It appears to be minor injuries, minor injuries to his arm. He was treated at the hospital and released," Wolfinger said.
The man was driving a white early 90's Toyota 4runner. The rear license plate is Washington 24KGOLD and the front license plate is Washington B07800l.
"The plates on that were stolen. So we don't know if those plates are still on it or not," Wolfinger said.
The man drove off as fast as 90 miles per hour. He was last seen going west on State Highway 58. Investigators think they know who is but are verifying before releasing any names.
"The guy gave us an identification but he also used a stolen credit card. So we want to make sure the identification is really the guy," Wolfinger said.
The FBI and Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is investigating. If you have any information call the Sheriff's Office at (208) 446-1300.