Man in stolen car hits officer, takes off near Marlins Park, cops say. The search is on


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Miami police are searching for a man who they say hit an officer with a stolen car Thursday afternoon near Marlins Park and then took off.

Police say the car “appeared suspicious” so officers ran the tag and it came back as being stolen.

The officer tried to stop the car, said police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat, but the driver accelerated. The officer was hit on his side and suffered minor lacerations to his arms. They were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and released Thursday afternoon, police said.

The suspect is 6 feet 4 inches tall and was last seen wearing a navy T-shirt.

Northwest 13th and 14th avenues and Second to Fifth streets were shut down as officers and a K-9 searched for the suspect.

“We have set up a perimeter in order to take precautionary measures,” Fallat said. “We don’t know if he is armed.”

About 8 p.m., Miami police sent out a tweet saying that the streets had reopened but the suspect was still at large.

Anyone who has information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).