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Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 10:21 am | Updated: 2:54 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Scottsdale police officer whose patrol car skidded into a suspect he was chasing will be investigated by the department’s accident review board, police said.

"They’re going to have to take a hard look at this," said detective Sam Bailey, police spokesman.

Officers responded to 7520 E. Kinsey Lane about 2 p.m. Saturday after a homeowner called to report a man was in his house.

The homeowner, whose name was not released, has not been living on the house and was just checking it, Bailey said.

Forty-five-year-old Gregg Griffo ran when he saw police, ending up in a yard in the 7500 block of East Beatrice Street.

Officer Cody Dikeman pulled into the driveway and tried to cut him off in the gravel yard, Bailey said.

Dikeman was not able to control his skid and pinned the man with his car against the house, he said.

Griffo was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital with a broken leg. He was released and arrested.

Dikeman, also a military reservist who served in Iraq last year, has not had any disciplinary difficulties on the force since he joined six years ago, Bailey said.

"He’s a good guy," he said.

Griffo is in a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of criminal trespassing, resisting arrest with physical injury, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools and a probation violation.

In June, Griffo pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault and vehicle theft. Both are felonies.

He was sentenced in July to lifetime probation for the sexual assault, one year of probation for the theft and ordered to pay a fine of nearly $2,500.

He also was ordered to register as a sex offender and not drink alcohol.

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