Mesquite Officer Injured After String of Hit-And-Run Crashes

Driver hits several vehicles before coming to a stop

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    A Mesquite police officer suffered minor injuries after a driver crashed into his patrol car following a string of hit-and-run collisions, police say.

    The officer was pulled over and issuing a speeding ticket on Interstate 635 near La Prada Drive when his patrol car was struck from behind by the driver of a Ford Mustang. The officer's car was then pushed into the stopped car in front of him.

    Driver Hits Several Cars Before Crashing Into Police Cruiser

    [DFW] Driver Hits Several Cars Before Crashing Into Police Cruiser
    A driver is accused in a string of hit-and-run crashes that ended with a crash into a parked police cruiser at Interstate 635 and La Prada. (Published Monday, March 12, 2012)

    The officer, who was walking around after the collision, was released from a local hospital later Monday.

    Raymond Brandon Joiner, 35, the driver of the Mustang, was also injured. He was transported to an area hospital. He will remain in the hospital overnight.

    The driver who was receiving the speeding ticket was not injured.

    Investigators said before Joiner hit the officer, he had also hit a Toyota 4Runner near U.S. Highway 80 and, in a separate incident, struck a Honda Pilot before hitting the retaining wall several times.

    The crash slowed the northbound lanes of LBJ while the scene was cleared.

    Joiner will face charges in the crash. He has a long criminal record, with charges from driving while intoxicated to burglary.

    NBC 5's Omar Villafranca contributed to this report.