Officer injured, undocumented immigrants arrested on I-10

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A Department of Public Safety motorcycle officer
has been injured as DPS attempted to a stop a Chevrolet pickup
truck with expired plates on Interstate 10 in east Phoenix.

A DPS motor officer responded to assist with the stop and parked
his motorcycle in front of the suspect vehicle.

The driver attempted to drive off, striking the motorcycle and
knocking the motor officer down, causing minor injuries.

Numerous suspected illegal immigrants fled the vehicle after
kicking out the back window of the truck. DPS said at least 24
suspected undocumented immigrants are in custody along westbound
Interstate 10 near the transition to U.S. 60.

It has not yet been determined if one of them is the driver.

The DPS motor officer was taken to the hospital with minor
injuries.

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