Stephenville police are asking the public for help in identifying the driver of a jeep that was involved in a hit-and-run that sent a police officer to the hospital with minor injuries and damaged a patrol car.
The vehicle is described as a 2000 or later model Jeep Wrangler, dark in color and possibly black, with a hard top, heavy front bumper, off-road lights mounted over the windshield and mud tires.
The accident occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 4 when Sgt. Robbie Rudder was traveling eastbound in the 1100 block of Tarleton Street and had just entered the intersection of Tarleton and North Ollie Street when he was struck by the jeep.
Stephenville Police Chief Patrick Bridges said Rudder had the right-of-way as he entered the intersection and was not at fault. He also said the cruiser was "struck on the back, right quarter by an unknown vehicle."
"(The motorist) took off (in the vehicle, from the scene) after momentarily stopping," Bridges said previously, adding that the cruiser was damaged to such an extent that Rudder was not able to pursue the vehicle.
Rudder reportedly sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.
Anyone with information about any jeep matching the description is urged to call the police department at 918-1200.