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(Credit: Richmond Police Department)

RICHMOND (AP) — Two teenagers were arrested Monday for allegedly running over a police officer trying to break up a weekend gathering of car enthusiasts.

The Richmond Police department said Juan Vargas, 18, was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly drove his sedan into the eight-year veteran.

Police also arrested Vargas’ girlfriend, 18-year-old Genesis Diaz, on suspicion of conspiracy.

The officer was struck Sunday in Richmond after he and other officers arrive at an intersection where people were gathered to see cars spinning doughnuts and peeling out.

He tried to stop cars for vehicle violations when Vargas accelerated toward the officer who was on foot and rammed into him, police said.

The officer was taken to a hospital and treated for cuts, scrapes and at least one broken bone. He has been released and is recovering.