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Vegas police ID driver accused of hit-and-run crash with officer

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Posted at 7:44 AM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 12:55:02-04

UPDATE MAY 9: The accused driver of the vehicle involved in yesterday's hit-and-run crash involving an officer has been identified as 22-year-old William Vinson by Las Vegas police.

Vinson faces charges for attempt murder with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, battery by strangulation to commit sexual assault and grand larceny.

UPDATE: 9: 15 P.M.: Las Vegas police reported on social media that the wanted hit-and-driver involved in Wednesday's crash with an officer was in custody.

UPDATE 6 P.M.: Las Vegas police continue to search for the driver who is believed to have intentionally struck an officer Wednesday morning.

Retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Department Sgt. Richard Strader said a traffic stop is often the most dangerous situation for officers.

UPDATE 10:20 A.M.: Las Vegas police say they are still looking for the driver who intentionally hit an officer during a traffic stop, but detectives have located the vehicle used in the incident.

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ORIGINAL STORY
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- An intentional crash involving a Las Vegas police officer has led to road closures downtown, according to authorities.

Jackson Avenue (near Owens) is shut down in both directions between C and D streets.

Police say an officer on a motorcycle was conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area.

As the officer came to a stop behind the vehicle, police say it shifted into reverse and intentionally hit the motorcycle.

The vehicle left the scene and the officer was brought to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police say the road closures will last several hours as the investigation continues.

Officers are still looking for the driver.

RELATED: ORIGINAL REPORT

This incident comes almost one week after a similar crash involving an Nevada Highway Patrol Officer.

On May 2, an NHP Trooper was injured after a hit-and-run crash near Desert Inn Road and Boulder Highway.

He was not seriously injured and was released from a local hospital that afternoon.

RELATED: NHP trooper possibly injured intentionally in hit-and-run crash