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Police officer victim of hit & run

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) -- A man faces charges after an officer was hurt on the job. It happened about 1 am, Monday, in the 2300-block of East Pine Street, when officers responded to a call for service.

They were standing near the edge of the roadway when a vehicle approached, sped up and struck an officer. The 11-year veteran suffered a broken foot and leg from the impact.

Authorities say the registered owner of the vehicle, 56-year old Richard Wanless, of the 1400-block of North Wesley, was arrested. He's due in court Tuesday afternoon.

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