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Man accused of hitting Winston-Salem police officer with vehicle arrested

Antonio Renato Thompson and Officer A.B. Burak

Antonio Renato Thompson and Officer A.B. Burak

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man accused of hitting a Winston-Salem police officer with a vehicle was taken into custody Thursday.

Antonio Renato Thompson, 22, of Winston-Salem, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and felony hit-and-run, according to a news release from Winston-Salem police.

The incident happened in the 2800 block of Buchanan Street shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday.

Officer A.B. Burak responded to the 2800 block of Buchanan Street on a follow-up investigation in an attempt to locate a silver BMW that was involved in an assault minutes earlier at a nearby residence, the release said.

While Burak was at the scene, the involved BMW, driven by Thompson, arrived.

Burak attempted to speak to Thompson, but Thompson walked away, the release said. Thompson returned to his vehicle and prepared to drive away. Burak told Thompson to stop, opened the driver’s side door and told Thompson to get out of the vehicle.

According to the release, Thompson placed the vehicle in reverse and accelerated, striking Burak with the vehicle.

Burak fell to the ground and sustained a large laceration to the back of his head. Thompson then fled the scene in the vehicle, the release said.

Burak was treated at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and released.

Thompson later turned himself in at the police department voluntarily and was placed in the Forsyth County Jail under a $35,000 secured bond.