Gulfport officer injured in crash is a 10-year veteran, police say

Luis Garcia
Luis Garcia

A teenager has been arrested after a Monday night crash that left a Gulfport police officer injured.

Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania said in a press release that Eli Daniel Bosworth, 18, of Gulfport, was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. Monday after the van he was driving crashed into the patrol car of a Gulfport police officer, sending the officer to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Papania said Tuesday in a news release that officer Luis Garcia was injured during the crash. Garcia is a 10-year-veteran of the Gulfport Police Department. Papania said Garcia is in “serious but stable condition.”

The crash happened after police responded to a call regarding the theft of a white 2014 Chevrolet Express Van, Papania said. The van was spotted in the area of U.S. 49 and Crossroads Parkway around 6:30 p.m.

An officer attempted to stop the van, which was being driven by Bosworth, Papania said. Bosworth turned south on Three Rivers Road and increased his speed. A second officer was driving through the intersection of Creosote Road and Three Rivers Road when the van being driven by Bosworth struck his patrol car.

Bosworth was arrested on the charges of felony fleeing and theft of a motor vehicle. His bond was set at $150,000 by Judge Melvin Ray.

Papania said donations for the officer and his family will be organized at a later date.

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