Man arrested after hit-and-run crash, allegedly trying to grab officer’s gun

Leonel Lopez. Courtesy: Oklahoma County Jail

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City man is facing several charges after allegedly trying to grab an officer’s gun following an alleged hit-and-run accident.

On Wednesday, officers were called to a hit-and-run accident near N.W. 23rd St. and Roff Ave. after witnesses say a vehicle was driving recklessly on N.W. 23rd St. and hit another car.

According to the arrest affidavit, officers found the vehicle involved in the crash but the driver ran from the scene.

Authorities say they found a phone inside the car and opened the Facebook app to determine the driver’s identity.

Once officers found the alleged suspect’s name, they were also able to find his address.

Police officers were waiting when 23-year-old Leonel Lopez came home.

The affidavit states that Lopez ran through the backyard and was met by another officer on the street behind his house.

Authorities say Lopez continued to run away from police and was eventually caught near N.W. 12th St.

The report states that once an officer caught up to Lopez, Lopez “grabbed a hold of the handle of [officer’s] holstered gun, and tugged on the gun several times.”

Lopez was arrested on charges of aggravated assault & battery on a police officer, obstructing a police officer, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a driver’s license.

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