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Odessa Police Officer Struck By Ector County Sherrif's Deputies Now In "Fair" Condition

ODESSA -- "OPD is always willing to assist Ector County just as they are with us. Whether it's Ector County or DPS, regardless of what the situation is, we always are wanting to help out and assist," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur, public information officer for the Odessa Police Department.
ODESSA -- "OPD is always willing to assist Ector County just as they are with us. Whether it's Ector County or DPS, regardless of what the situation is, we always are wanting to help out and assist," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur, public information officer for the Odessa Police Department.

And that's exactly what officer Donny Rocha Jr. Was doing before he was struck by a sherrif's deputy's vehicle during a pursuit late Saturday evening.

"As soon as he came in the lane of traffic of the deputy's vehicle, he saw him and just slammed on his break, tried to swerve and still hit him and knocked him to the ground," said Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson.

According to Sheriff Donaldson, deputies saw two people racing two Mustangs on FM 1936 and a pursuit ensued.

During the chase, one of the Mustangs headed east on 8th street.

Sheriff Donaldson says the Mustang was stopped by sheriff's deputies but, two people inside took off running.

"If you run from law enforcement, they've committed a felony," said Sheriff Donaldson.

Something that law enforcement officials see as a violent act.

Odessa police say Officer Rocha had just finished a service call and was on 8th street when he saw the pursuit end in front of him.

"Officer Rocha did what any other officer would do and he assisted and he took off running after these two suspects," LeSueur said.

But as Officer Rocha was running across eighth street, he was accidentally struck.

"I viewed the video and I mean, he just comes out of nowhere and of course there's lights of other vehicles coming westbound. He comes just right out of the lights on the video and he did the best he could to try to not hit him but it did occur," Sheriff Donaldson said.

Odessa police say Officer Rocha is now in "fair" condition at Medical Center Hospital.

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