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Deputy hit by fleeing vehicle in southwest Missouri

Associated Press
The Rolla Daily News

BOLIVAR — A southwest Missouri sheriff's deputy has been hit by a fleeing vehicle while standing on the side of a road waiting to throw out tire-flattening spike strips, authorities say.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the fleeing suspect was arrested at the scene of the crash, and authorities say it appears he struck the deputy intentionally Friday morning just south of Bolivar. 

The Greene County Sheriff's Office said the pursuit started after deputies attempted to stop a suspect in a domestic disturbance. The Missouri State Patrol identified the deputy who was hit as 55-year-old Steve Westbrook. The sheriff's office said he was flown to a hospital with "very serious" injuries. 

Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott asked for "thoughts and prayers" for the deputy in a written statement and described what happened as a "horrible assault."