PORT ORANGE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - During the day, the Port Orange Pavilion shopping center is very busy. At night, it's quiet and businesses are all closed. So when an officer who was patrolling the area overnight Monday spotted a car with it's head lights off and brake lights on, he went to go check it out.
The officer spotted the suspicious car a little before 3:30 a.m., but the driver soon fled the scene.
Port Prange police spokesman Officer Evan Doyle says the officer followed the 2004 Lexus for a few blocks, before losing it. Police say the driver, a 16-year old from Daytona Beach, was driving 80 to 100 miles an hour throughout the city.
A 17-year veteran from the Port Orange Police Department spotted the car and was putting down stop sticks at the corner of Madeline Avenue and Clyde Morris, when he was hit by the car. Officer Doyle said, "The front of the vehicle hit him in his waist area. His elbow connected with the driver side mirror and busted the mirror off."
The officer was taken to Halifax Hospital in stable condition with multiple non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect continued to flee from police until he crashed near the intersection of Ridgewood Avenue and Nova Road. The driver was arrested and sent to juvenile detention.
Police say they found marijuana in his pocket. Officers say this could have been much worse.