Dash cam: Arlington officer's motorcycle hit during traffic stop

Arlington police arrested a man who allegedly slammed into an officer's motorcycle during a traffic stop.

The suspect took off in his car, but police eventually caught up to him.

Dash camera video captured the incident.

Police say it happened Thursday during a routine traffic stop after the driver gave false information about his identity.

Police say 27-year-old Lonnie Johnson was the man behind the wheel. 

They say he's a known gang member out on bond for aggravated assaults and he's wanted for a shooting at a nightclub last year.

Police say Johnson hit the gas and rammed into the officer's motorcycle, causing thousands of dollars in damage, and nearly hitting another SUV pulling into the same area on Pioneer Parkway. 

Instead of using force and trying to make an immediate arrest, the officer called in the incident and had police review dash camera video to identify the suspect. 

Saturday, with the help of Arlington police SWAT and the U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force, they were able to track Johnson down to an apartment and made the arrest.

“This is, unfortunately, this is the day and age we live in. People feel like they have the right to run from police. They can do whatever they want. I fully believe, as does our administration, this guy would’ve done anything to get away. And when people are desperate like that, it is an attack on police," said Lt. Chris Cook, Arlington Police Department.

Johnson is charged with aggravated assault on a public servant, evading arrest and failure to ID a fugitive.
 

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