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Vehicle strikes police car, two injured
From Staff reports
Mesquite Police are investigating the driver of a red Ford Mustang that fled two separate hit and run accidents before crashing into the rear of a marked Mesquite police car on I-635.
Shortly after noon on Monday, March 13, a red Ford Mustang, driven Brandon Joiner, a 35-year-old Garland resident, was headed north on I-635 at U.S. 80 and collided with a Toyota SUV. Joiner failed to stop and continued driving north on I-635 until he collided with a Honda SUV near the I-30 interchange. He then fled the scene of the second accident as well and continued north on I-635, striking the retaining wall several times.
When the vehicle approached the north city limits, the vehicle struck a marked Mesquite Police car that was parked on the shoulder for a traffic stop. The police carís emergency lights were activated. The collision forced the police car into the vehicle that had been stopped for a traffic violation.
Joiner and the Mesquite police officer were both transported to Baylor Hospital in Dallas with non-life-threatening injuries. The injured officer was released from the hospital Monday afternoon and Joiner is in the custody of the Dallas County Sheriff's Department.
There were no other injuries reported from the incidents.
Police have charged Joiner with one felony count of intoxication assault, two misdemeanor counts of failure to leave identification at the scene of an accident and possession of a controlled substance, which was heroin. He also has an outstanding traffic warrant from the Dallas Police Department.
The Mesquite Police Department traffic section is continuing to investigate the incidents.