Police were trying Tuesday to locate a 26-year-old man accused of a hit-and-run assault that seriously injured an officer the night before in South Philadelphia.

Maurice Taylor of the 1500 block of Ellsworth Street in Point Breeze allegedly was driving a Volkswagen Passat that struck a 26-year-old officer in the 2700 block of Sears Street around 6:40 p.m. Monday.

The officer suffered a broken left leg and shattered left kneecap as well as a head injury, police said. He was reported in stable condition Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

The assault happened Monday night after police responded to a report of a person with a weapon in the 2600 block of Wharton Street, and were directed to Taylor and another man nearby at 27th and Earp Streets.

Officers tried to stop Taylor, but he got into a silver 2003 Passat and sped away, police said.

When the 26-year-old officer, whose name was not released, saw the Passat on Sears, he motioned for the vehicle to stop.

The Passat instead sped up and hit the officer, throwing him into the windshield of a parked car. He then tumbled over the roof before he hit the street.

Police found the Passat at 22d and Annin Streets with two passengers who stayed at the scene: an 18-year-old woman and an 11-year-old boy.

The passengers said Taylor was a family acquaintance they had known for about a year, police said.

Anyone with information on Taylor's whereabouts is asked to call South Detectives at 215-686-3013 or dial 911.


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