Driver who struck 76-year-old Deputy Albert Caldwell with stolen SUV arrested, Sheriff's Office says

Partner describes what happened
Deputies searching for SUV that struck officer
Deputies searching for SUV that struck officer
Deputies searching for SUV that struck officer
Posted at 1:31 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-29 07:18:52-04

SILVERTON, Ohio --  A man accused of hitting a 76-year-old Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy while driving a stolen SUV Friday has been arrested, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Burnett North

Burnett North, 23, was "positively identified" as the driver of the 2013 Honda Pilot that hit and pinned Deputy Albert Caldwell, the Sheriff's Office said in a release Saturday morning.

The incident occurred on Section Road near Kenton Avenue at about 1:07 p.m., after  Caldwell and Deputy Oliver Albert stopped the vehicle for running a stop sign at Section and Ohio, Lt. Tom Butler said.

The driver "intentionally" put the SUV in reverse and pinned Caldwell against the cruiser, then drove away, according to the release. Caldwell was treated for leg injuries at Good Samaritan Hospital and released.

Caldwell is a retired deputy working "auxiliary,"  Albert said.

"I’ve worked with Al for many years … He was up here on his free time doing county time," Albert said.

North has been charged with felonious assault, felony fleeing and eluding and felony receiving stolen property.

The SUV, which had been reported stolen earlier in Cincinnati, was found abandoned a few blocks away, Butler said.

Authorities searched the area with K-9 units and a helicopter for the driver and a passenger but did not locate either.

Anybody with information  is asked to contact the Hamilton County Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigation Section at (513) 851-6000 or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.