UPDATED: Suspect named in officer-involved crash in Central Lubbock

Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 9:59 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2022 at 6:34 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A Lubbock police officer is recovering after being struck by a vehicle Tuesday night.

According to the police report, officers responded to a check subject call involving squatters in an apartment in the 2300 block of 51st Street just after 9 p.m. Matthew Plank, 44, was in his vehicle as officers approached the apartment and began reversing out of a parking space. Plank then stopped the vehicle, placed it in drive, and began making his way towards an officer at a “high rate of speed.

Plank then attempted to leave the parking lot of the apartment complex, at which point another officer pursued Plank a short distance before Plank was stopped and arrested, according to the police report.

EMS was called for the officer that was struck by the vehicle and was taken to UMC with minor injuries

Plank was taken to the Lubbock County Detention Center and is charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer. Police say he also has outstanding traffic warrants and marijuana and dangerous drug possession charges.