RILEY COUNTY — The driver who hit Riley County police officer with his car is facing numerous charges.
Just before 1p.m. Friday, a 2005 Dodge Stratus driven by Paul Demere, 55, Manhattan, swerved onto the right shoulder of Seth Child Road and struck a 2015 Ford Taurus and Riley County Police Officer Robert Learned. The 30-year-old officer was on a traffic stop returning to his vehicle.
Demere was booked on charges of aggravated battery, DUI; and transporting an open container, according to the Riley County Police Department arrest report. He remains in custody on a $15,000 Bond.
Learned was transported to Via Christi in Manhattan for treatment.
RILEY COUNTY—A Riley County Police Officer was injured in an accident before 1p.m. Friday in Riley County.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported Riley County Officer 30-year-old Robert Learned of Wamego was on a traffic stop returning to his vehicle on Seth Child Road just north of Farm Bureau Road.
A northbound 2005 Dodge Stratus driven by Paul Demere, 55, Manhattan, swerved onto the right shoulder, struck a 2015 Ford Taurus and Officer Learned.
Learned was transported to Via Christi in Manhattan.
🚨🚨🚔 SLOW DOWN & MOVE OVER 🚔🚨🚨
An RCPD Officer is recovering at the hospital after being struck by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop today. Luckily the officer will be OK, but please pay attention, slow down & move over for emergency vehicles. It could save a life.
— RCPD (@RileyCountyPD) March 9, 2018
Demere was not injured. Authorities did not release possible charges against him.