Police: Officer hit by drunken suspect fleeing robbery, taken to hospital

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – Police say a man fleeing the scene of a convenience store robbery hit a police officer, sending her to the hospital. Police say they arrested the suspect at a second convenience story while he was attempting steal beer and cigarettes.

Linda Allen, a 21-year veteran of LRPD, was taken to the hospital with a concussion. Police say Allen was responding to a robbery of a Valero at Baseline and Stagecoach. The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Donovan Fulton, was trying to steal a bottle of wine. As Fulton was fleeing the scene, according to police, he hit Allen.

As officers were looking for the suspect, they found his unoccupied car in the parking lot of the Exxon at I-30 and Scott Hamilton. When they went inside, police say they found Allen trying to rob the gas station at knifepoint, demanding beer and cigarettes.

Allen is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of first degree battery, all felonies. Additionally, Fulton is charged with misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and driving on a suspended license.

He pleaded not guilty in Little Rock District Court. His bail was set at $200,000.

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