HIALEAH, Florida–A motorcyclist was arrested by authorities after he hit a police officer while riding a stolen motorcycle on East 49th Street between 4th and 5th Avenues.
The incident occurred at around 4 a.m. when police officers tried to stop the motorcyclist.
As an officer approached the motorist, police said the man on the motorcycle accelerated and struck the officer before taking off on foot.
A perimeter was established the the suspect was eventually found and taken into custody. He has since been identified as 36-year-old Roberto Ortiz of Miami.
Police said the injured officer was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he is expected to undergo surgery.
According to investigators, the motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Miami.
Ortiz is facing charges that include motorcycle theft and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. He was taken to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, where he remains.
The scene of the crash cleared around 9 a.m.
The road was shut down for several hours as officers investigated the scene but it has since reopened.