Officer hurt after ramming suspect's car to end wild chase

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida police officer is recovering after using his cruiser to ram the car of a fleeing suspect during a wild chase that narrowly avoided patrons at a nearby ice cream shop.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that a Tavares police officer was treated and released from a hospital Thursday night after he and three officers intentionally drove their cars into the truck of 54-year-old Gene Blick.

Police say officers tried to pull Blick over for a sobriety check after receiving reports of a suspected drunk driver. But he evaded them, leading authorities on a chase over curbs, and through a mobile-home park filled with retirees.

He was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.

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