- Associated Press - Friday, July 28, 2017

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A Maryland police officer convicted of hitting a suspect with his cruiser during a chase has been sentenced to probation.

The Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office tweeted that county Officer Juan Hernandez received a suspended two-year sentence Friday with two years of probation. Hernandez, who was convicted of second-degree assault in May, must also complete 100 hours of community service.

Prosecutors say as Hernandez responded to a call about an armed person in June 2016, the suspect ran off, Hernandez followed in his cruiser. He pursued the suspect into an open field and later struck him.

The suspect wasn’t injured and no weapon was found on him.

Hernandez has worked for the police department for 11 years and officials say the internal administrative process continues.


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