by Jackie Bartz
1:57 PM AKDT, September 24, 2011
The District Attorneys office plans to file charges against a driver that allegedly slammed into a patrol car while driving the wrong way, injuring both himself and the officer inside the vehicle.
Friday a judge signed a warrant for 49-year-old Gregory Fulling of Marysville, Wash.
Shortly before 2:00 a.m. Friday morning, Fulling collided with responding Officer Randy Hughes' patrol car while driving a rented 2011 Chrysler, according to police.
Hughes was seriously injured in the crash, he sustained major injuries to both his pelvis and foot, according to APD.
"Randy Hughes is still in hospital here in Anchorage," Lieutenant Dave Park said Saturday morning. "He's in stable condition, but still very seriously injured and the road to recovery is going to be a long one."
Parker says Hughes will likely be transported to Seattle sometime on Sunday.
According to APD, following the crash, the suspect, Fulling became trapped inside his vehicle. A second responding officer, Daniel Sturkie, broke through the car window and was able to rescue Fulling from the burning vehicle.
"His injuries are not life threatening either, but it will take some time for him to be released from the hospital," Parker said.
APD plans to arrest Fulling when he is released from the hospital.
"The investigators who have the responsibility for investigating this case believe that they had sufficient probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant for Mr. Fulling," Parker said. "He cannot be medically cleared yet so that warrant will only be served when he has been released from the hospital."
Court records show that Fulling will be charged with Felony Assault in the First Degree, Felony Assault in the Third Degree and Driving Under the Influence.
A driver reported being run off the road by a silver sedan, and police dispatch received several calls about the sedan speeding toward oncoming traffic on the highway, according to APD.
The crash shutdown the inbound Glenn Highway at the Artillery Road exit in Eagle River for several hours Friday morning.
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